- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2020

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Lyon County farmer who was injured when a helicopter he rented to find some lost cows crashed in a 2017 has settled a lawsuit against the pilot and helicopter company.

Steve Ahrendt and his wife, Lori, of rural Inwood, Iowa, sued Ride the Sky Helicopters, of Sioux Falls, and pilot Robert Krier for negligence.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The lawsuit was officially dismissed April 1 in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, The Sioux City Journal reported Thursday. Attorneys for both parties declined to comment,

Steve Ahrendt and Krier were injured Nov. 6, 2017, when the helicopter crashed after striking a power line less than a mile from West Lyon Community Schools near Inwood.

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the accident’s probable cause was the pilot’s loss of situational awareness, causing him not to maintain adequate clearance from power lines.



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