Firefighter Killed in Texas Helicopter Crash

Helicopter crashed during a burn in the Sam Houston National Forest

 

A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety investigates a deadly helicopter crash in northwest Montgomery County on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (Texas Department of Public Safety photo)

 

Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle with permission

MONTGOMERY, Texas (Houston Chronicle) – Authorities are investigating a deadly helicopter crash in northwest Montgomery County on Wednesday.

A 2009 Eurocopter AStar 350 helicopter assisting the U.S. Forest Service with a controlled burn in the Sam Houston National Forest crashed, killing one firefighter on board and injuring two others in the helicopter, according to The Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS tweeted that the helicopter reportedly went down on Bethel Road near FM 149.

One person inside the chopper died on scene, while the two others, a U.S. Forest Service employee and the helicopter’s pilot, have been taken to a hospital, according to DPS.

They were rushed to Conroe Regional Medical Center in stable condition.

The FAA is investigating.

Authorities with the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office assist the Texas Department of Public Safety with a helicopter crash in northwest Montgomery County on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (Montgomery County Precinct 1 Contable’s Office photo)