Fatal Aircraft Crash in Vernon County

On August 19, 2019 at approximately 6:34 pm, the Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 phone call indicating an aircraft crashed near the Viroqua Municipal Airport in a private field. Emergency crews were able to quickly locate the downed aircraft in a field off of Miller Road, in the Town of Jefferson. 

The Viroqua Fire Department was able to put out a small fire on what was eventually identified as an Experimental Rotorcraft Sportcopter Vortex. The single rotor became detached from the body of the aircraft upon impact, and the body of the aircraft continued another 40 feet before coming to rest in a corn field. 

Witnesses stated they could see the aircraft leaving the Viroqua Municipal Airport when eventually they heard the engine stop. The aircraft then descended and emergency crews were notified, after receiving two 911 calls. The name of the lone-operator of the aircraft is not being released at this time pending notification of the family. 

Responding Agencies: Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Viroqua Police Department, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board, Viroqua Municipal Airport, Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, Viroqua Fire Department, Vernon County Coroner’s Office. 

The accident remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Vernon County Coroner’s Office. 

The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. 

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