a sad day in this business indeed. Mr. Roland Schlotzhauer.....
WALFORD - Authorities have released the names of the people involved in the deadly helicopter crash in Benton County.
We now know that one of the men injured is Tony Wilson, 49, of Dallas Center, Iowa. Wilson is one of the producer's of The Final Season. He was flown by air care to University of Iowa Hospitals, where he is in critical condition with multiple injuries. Crew members say this movie has been his project for many years and they want to finish it in honor of him.
The pilot, another Iowan, Richard Green, 72, of Hudson, is also at the University of Iowa Hospitals in critical condition.
A third man, a movie photographer, Roland Schlotzhauer, 50, of Lenexa, Kansas, died in Friday's crash.
NewsCopter 9 has been reporting from the scene on KCRG-TV9 this afternoon and from the video you can see the aircraft is destroyed.
The crash happened at Highway 151 and 33rd Avenue just before 1 o'clock Friday afternoon. That's about one mile west of Walford. The helicopter hit power lines.
People who live in the area tell TV9 the helicopter was being used to film the baseball movie The Final Season.
The movie is about Norway High School's final baseball season. Crews have been in Iowa filming since the beginning of June.
Check KCRG.com in the coming hours for exclusive video from NewsCopter9.
Stay with KCRG-TV9 and KCRG.com for continuing coverage of this breaking news story.
Edited by Marc_Abernathy, 01 July 2006 - 07:47 AM.