Fri, October 12, 2012
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Three killed in helicopter crash in U.S. state of Texas

2012-10-12 21:10:25 GMT2012-10-13 05:10:25(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HOUSTON, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Three people have died in a helicopter crash in the U.S. state of Texas, authorities said on Friday.

The wreckage and bodies were found on Friday morning in northeast Kendall County, about 80 miles west of the state capital Austin, according to a report by The Houston Chronicle.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that the crash, which involved a Robinson R44, a four-passenger helicopter, happened on Thursday night.

A search began on Thursday evening after an airborne pilot reported an emergency locator beacon transmitting in the area of the crash, said Jason Reyes with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, local volunteer fire crews and emergency medical personnel, along with a helicopter, joined the search overnight.

The FAA and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the crash, according to the report.

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