NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Allen County Coroner's office confirmed to ABC 21 that 76-year old Theodore "Ted" Oldfather was declared brain dead Monday from injuries suffered in a helicopter crash.
A spokesperson for the coroner said that is the criteria used for determining if death has occurred.
The official FAA record on the crash was updated to include one fatality.
Oldfather had been rushed to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne Sunday evening after the one-seat helicopter he was piloting went down in a field on his farm property about a mile and a half west of North Manchester.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, and National Transportation Safety Board are working to determine what went wrong.
The one-seat lightweight "rotorcraft" crashed after 6 pm Sunday on what appeared to be a grass airstrip.
Investigators hoped to be able to speak to any witnesses that might shed light on a cause.
The farmer had been a flying enthusiast for close to 50 years.
"It's what he lived for is flying. It's really fun to see him, he always got excited about flying, and even when he couldn't fly he'd say, talk about how nice of a day it was, he'd be like, man, I'd like to be flying today," said Carson Fingerle, who works with Oldfather's son.