One dead in gyrocopter crash

DAKOTA CITY – One man was killed and another injured after a gyrocopter crashed Sunday night just outside of Dakota City.

Larry Erickson, 58, of Humboldt, was pronounced dead at Humboldt Memorial Hospital.

According to Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger, deputies responded to a report of a helicopter crash at 2045 K Rd., about a mile and a half north of Dakota City.

Deputies found wreckage of a small experimental gyrocopter in the front yard.

Erickson and Mike Chapman, 65, of Humboldt, were both extricated from the wreckage. Chapman was taken to Des Moines for treatment.

Kruger said the initial investigation suggests the gyrocopter suddenly lost altitude and hit a tree.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Bureau are investigating the crash.