Two helicopter crew members were killed during a post-maintenance test flight of a Dallas CareFlite helicopter on Wednesday. There were no distress calls from the aircraft in the minutes before the crash occurred. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating what caused this fatal chopper accident in the coming days and weeks.
According to the Dallas News, the flight mechanic and the pilot were killed when the helicopter crashed in a rural area of Ellis County and caught on fire. While Midlothian firefighters arrived on the scene quickly, they found a fiery wreckage that was spreading quickly – and no sign of survivors. The names of the two men have not yet been released.
According to witnesses, the copter went down in a ball of fire, though it was unclear where the fire started or what caused the emergency. The bodies will undergo autopsied at Dallas County medical examiner’s office.