A helicopter crash near Childress County Tuesday claimed the life of a 23-year-old McLean man and sent another to the hospital.
A Brim Aviation helicopter, piloted by Keith Hard, 42, of Butte County, Calif., was placing lines on top of a transmission line when it lost power and crashed at about 4 p.m.
The Hughes 369D rotorcraft hovered about 150 feet above the ground with Jonathan David Suhr, 23, of McLean sitting on a seat suspended 50 feet below the helicopter hanging a roller on a power line.
The helicopter lost power and fell, dropping Suhr with it.
The two men were transported to Childress Regional Medical Center, where Suhr was pronounced dead a short time later.
Hard sustained back injuries.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the fatal accident.