1 killed in NC helicopter crash

February 24, 2009 1:38:46 PM PST
Authorities say an instructor pilot was killed and a student was seriously injured in a helicopter crash on the North Carolina campus of the private security contractor Xe.

The Federal Aviation Administration initially reported that one person was hurt in the Tuesday afternoon crash. But Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry confirmed the pilot had died.

Currituck County spokesman Randall Edwards says the injured person was taken to a hospital.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the small helicopter crashed when its skid caught on an object and flipped over.

A Xe spokeswoman says this is the first serious injury in the 11-year history of the company's training facility, located about 30 minutes south of Norfolk, Va.

Xe is the security company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide.

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