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Utah helicopter pilot killed in Texas crash

The Associated Press

First Published Oct 07 2013 07:12 am • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:35 pm

Paducah, Texas • A helicopter pilot from Utah has died in a West Texas crash after the tail rotor hit some pulley equipment while trying to connect to a power line.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon in a field in rural Cottle County near Paducah. DPS said 34-year-old Joshua Fitts of Hurricane, Utah, was dead at the scene.

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Senior Trooper Chris Ray said the helicopter was hovering and attempting to connect to the line when the tail rotor clipped a sheave. Further details weren’t immediately available on the purpose of the flight.

Ray said the weather was clear at the time of the accident.

Paducah is 115 miles northeast of Lubbock.




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