A pilot was injured late Friday night after the crop duster he was flying crashed in a field in the area of County 14th Street and Avenue B, according to information provided by the Rural/Metro Fire Department.
Spokesperson Charly McMurdie said the Rural/Metro dispatch center received a 911 call at about 9 p.m. reporting that a crop duster had possibly crashed. When firefighters arrived in the area they found a downed helicopter.
“The pilot was conscious and talking to paramedics,” McMurdie said. “He crashed in an area where there were large palm trees.”
While the crash did not cause a fire, Arizona Public Service had to be called to the scene because of downed power lines in the area. It was not immediately known at press time whether any residences in the area lost power.
APS’s outage center did not indicate any outages as of 10:39 p.m.
Rural/Metro paramedics treated the pilot at the scene and he was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by ambulance.
The Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department and the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.
McMurdie said the cause of the crash is unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration will likely investigate the crash.