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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 6:47 AM

Updated: Nov 28, 2012 6:48 AM

CHILDRESS, Texas (AP) A helicopter crash in West Texas during work on some power lines has left a lineman dead and the pilot hurt.

The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened late Tuesday afternoon about two miles northeast of Childress.

DPS says the helicopter was hovering at about 150 feet and the lineman was in a chair about 50 feet below the aircraft to hang rollers on power poles. DPS says the helicopter lost power and crashed.

DPS says 23-year-old Jonathan David Suhr of McLean died at Childress Regional Medical Center. The pilot, 42-year-old Keith Hard of Butte County, Calif., was treated and released.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the helicopter was registered to Brim Equipment Leasing Inc. of Ashland, Ore. A message left Wednesday with Brim wasn't immediately returned.

Topics: Deadly Helicopter Crash

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