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Childress helicopter crash kills man


A helicopter crash killed a McLean man Tuesday afternoon, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.


The crash also injured a California man, DPS said.


Jonathan David Suhr, 23 of McLean, was pronounced dead at the Childress Regional Medical Center after DPS said a helicopter crashed.


DPS said the chopper was hovering about 150-160 feet above the ground when Suhr, a lineman, was suspended in a chair 50 feet beneath the helicopter.


Suhr was hanging rollers on power poles when the helicopter lost control and crashed straight down, DPS said.


The crash happened at about 4 p.m., Tuesday 2.5 miles northeast of Childress, DPS said.


Keith Hard, 42 of Butte County, Calif., the helicopterâ??s pilot was injured, DPS said. The chopper, a Hughes 369D, was owned by Brim Aviation.

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