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1 dead, pilot hurt in West Texas helicopter crash

Published On: Nov 28 2012 11:02:51 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 29 2012 11:26:09 AM CST

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 said 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 said 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.