Helicopter from Greene County crashes in Illinois, pilot killed

NEW ATHENS, IL (KAIT) – A helicopter service out of Greene County has had a deadly helicopter crash over a field in New Athens, Illinois.

According to CBS affiliate KMOV, the pilot of the helicopter was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead. His name has not officially been released by investigators. Couch Helicopter Service is based out of Beech Grove, which is in Greene County.

KMOV is reporting the crash happened around 3:30 Thursday afternoon shortly after takeoff. It crashed near Illinois State Route 13. No word has been released on what may have caused the crash.

Region 8 News will continue to track this breaking news story and being you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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