UPDATE: Names released in Lyon County helicopter crash

Courtesy KIWA Radio


We now know the names of the two people involved in the helicopter crash in Lyon County, near Inwood, IA.

According to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep, the pilot was Robert Krier, of Sioux Falls.

The passenger was Steve Ahrendt, from outside of Inwood.

Ahrendt owned the cattle the helicopter was helping track down.

As of now, there is still no word on the condition of the two.


We've got some new information tonight on that helicopter that crashed in a field north of Inwood, Iowa yesterday afternoon.

The FAA's preliminary report on the crash says the chopper was a Robinson R-44 model registered to "Ride the Sky Helicopters" out of Sioux Falls.

That helicopter was helping herd some 300-head of cattle that escaped from a Lyon County farm early Monday morning when it hit a power line and crashed into the field.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says two people on board the helicopter were taken to hospitals in Sioux Falls with serious injuries.

There's no update tonight on their names or conditions.


Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says at 1:19 p.m. this afternoon the helicopter clipped an electrical wire and crashed.

The helicopter was in the process of looking for some of the 300 head of cattle that had gotten out from an area farm during the overnight hours.

The two occupants of the helicopter were taken to Sioux Falls hospitals in serious condition.

FAA is en route to the crash site to begin an investigation.

Pictures courtesy of KIWA Radio

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We're following breaking news this afternoon.

A helicopter has crashed in Lyon County, Iowa.

KIWA Radio says that the helicopter apparently struck an electrical wire before crashing, southwest of West Lyon School.

We update this story as soon information becomes available.

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