Pilot survives helicopter crash in Tyler County

Pilot survives helicopter crash in Tyler County

At approximately 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a helicopter crash in Tyler County. The helicopter went down in a field on County Line Road in Tyler County, just off of Highway 190 and approximately 12 miles west of Woodville, Texas.

The pilot, 48-year-old Alfred Christian Bell from Natchitoches, Louisiana, was the only person in the helicopter at the time of the crash. Bell was transported from the crash scene by ambulance to be flown by medical helicopter to an area hospital. Initial reports show he sustained back injuries and possible internal injuries. His injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

According to Bell, the helicopter had only been in the air for about 1-2 minutes spraying herbicides when it began to experience engine problems. He was able to clear several pine trees before crashing into an empty field. There were no other reported injuries or structures damaged on the ground.

State Troopers are on the scene, but are awaiting a response from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA will conduct its own investigation into this helicopter crash.

There are no further details to be released at this time.

UPDATE: The pilot is listed in stable condition at Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. The crash scene is secured and the FAA is en route from Houston to begin their initial investigation.