Helicopter crashes at Slaton airport

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Updated: 9/18/2012 11:21 pm
It was a hard landing that left first responders scrambling.

"A 2004 Robinson helicopter was attempting to land on a skid," said Corporal John Gonzales with the Texas Department of Public Safety. "He failed to negotiate and lost control of the chopper. It went over onto its side, the propellers caught, and burst into flames."

The crash happened late Tuesday afternoon at Slaton Municipal Airport. The pilot, 59-year-old David Guertsloh, was able to get out unharmed, but there was not much left of the helicopter.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said they are still obtaining information at this time.

"It was very close to the ground from what we understand," Lunsford said. "The aircraft itself was registered to an aerial application spraying company out of Lubbock."

Lunsford said the FAA plans to send an investigator to the site within the next 48 hours to examine the wreckage and determine what led to the accident.
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