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Helicopter Crash Kills Lineman

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CHILDRESS, Texas - 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 said the crash happened Tuesday just after 4 p.m. about two miles northeast of Childress.
    
The helicopter was hovering at about 150 feet. Jonathan David Suhr, 23, of McLean was in a chair about 50 feet below the aircraft hanging rollers on power poles when the helicopter lost power and crashed.
    
DPS said Suhr died at Childress Regional Medical Center. The pilot, 42-year-old Keith Hard of Butte County, Calif., was treated and released.

Hard told investigators that the helicopter lost power. PIO Daniel Hawthorne told Newschannel 6 that he'll have to wait for the Federal Aviation Administration to arrive and investigate the crash before he can announce what caused it.

Hawthorne did explain that building big heavy lines in the middle of nowhere leaves little room to correct if something goes wrong.
    
Records show the helicopter was registered to Brim Equipment Leasing Inc. of Ashland, Ore.

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