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Pilot injured after helicopter loses power, makes hard landing in North Texas

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a head-on collision that killed two men Monday afternoon near Brock Junction, just outside of Weatherford.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a head-on collision that killed two men Monday afternoon near Brock Junction, just outside of Weatherford. Star-Telegram file

A pilot was taken by helicopter to a hospital on Thursday after a hard landing in the helicopter that he was flying.

The pilot is suffering from unknown injuries and was the only person in the aircraft, according to Lt. Lonny Haschel, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

DPS troopers were called to an area near U.S. 287 between State Highway 309 and southeast County Road 3320 about 6 p.m., Haschel said.

The two-seat helicopter was on approach to land at a private facility and for reasons unknown, the aircraft lost power, Haschel said. The power failure caused the pilot to autorotate and land in a wooded area, Haschel said.

A preliminary report indicated that the pilot, who is expected to survive, was returning to his home base after maintenance, according to a Federal Aviation Administration official.

The Bell 525 was on a test flight when it went down in a pasture near power lines. Bell and the NTSB are trying to determine the cause of the crash.

FAA registration information shows that the downed aircraft was a Model 280 C manufactured by the Enstrom Helicopter Corporation in 1979. The incident will be investigated by the FAA.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3
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