Homebuilt helicopter crashes near church north of Houston

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, May 04 2019 May 4, 2019 May 04, 2019 3:43 PM May 04, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

NEW CANEY, Texas (AP) - Investigators say a homebuilt single-person helicopter has crashed on a grassy area near a Houston-area church.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the accident happened Saturday in New Caney as the rotorcraft attempted to make an emergency landing. FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the aircraft struck a tree while trying to land.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the pilot survived and was believed to be OK.

The East Montgomery County Fire Department reports that the chopper apparently was at an altitude of about 1,500 feet (457.2 meters) when an unspecified emergency happened and the pilot tried to land.

Further details weren't immediately available. Messages left with the sheriff's office weren't immediately returned Saturday.

New Caney is 25 miles (40.23 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

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