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Deadly helicopter crash in West Texas


CHILDRESS, Texas (AP) - A helicopter crash in West Texas during work on some power lines has left a lineman dead and the pilot hurt.


The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened late Tuesday afternoon about two miles northeast of Childress.


DPS says the helicopter was hovering at about 150 feet and the lineman was in a chair about 50 feet below the aircraft hanging rollers on power poles. The helicopter lost power and crashed. DPS did not immediately identify the utility.


DPS says 23-year-old Jonathan David Suhr of McLean died at Childress Regional Medical Center. The pilot, 42-year-old Keith Hard of Butte County, Calif., was treated and released.


Records show the helicopter was registered to Brim Equipment Leasing Inc. of Ashland, Ore. A message left Wednesday with Brim wasn't immediately returned.


(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Deadly helicopter crash in West Texas

Wednesday, January 30 2013, 03:37 PM CST
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