Texas Pilot Killed In Louisiana Helicopter Crash

KAPLAN, La. (October 11, 2012)--A low-flying helicopter crashed after striking one of the guy-wires supporting a radio tower in rural south Louisiana, killing the 66-year-old Texas pilot who was at the controls.

Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, said the crash happened just before noon Wednesday.

Trahan identified the pilot, who also owned the Bell 206 helicopter, as Hugh C. Kelley, of Beaumont.

No one on the ground was hurt.

The tower is located on farmland near Crowley, La.

Trahan says the tower appeared stable after the crash, but non-essential personnel were kept away while authorities determined whether it was safe.


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