PADUCAH, Texas (AP) - 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 said the helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon in a field in rural Cottle County near Paducah. DPS said 34-year-old Joshua Fitts of West Hurricane, Utah, was dead at the scene.
Sr. 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.
- August 2016 ties August 1914 as wettest in Texas
- City of Abilene receives 2,000+ complaints or comments about water bills
- Updated Abilene requests proposals for new downtown hotel and 'festival district'
- Shuttle bus rear-ended at Boston airport, killing 2 Texans
- Agency shakeup: 4 regional CPS directors fired, including director of Abilene region
- Paint Creek reacts to Perry's Dancing with the Stars casting
- Businesses near Big Country lakes hoping for big Labor Day turnout
- Zephyr ISD sues over faulty turf, relocates home football games
- Hunters, Abilene charity anticipate start of dove hunting season
- 2 injured in DWI crash in Early, man arrested