May 24, 1997 in Nation/World

Helicopter Crash Kills 2 In Texas

Associated Press

A Marine helicopter on its way to its home base in North Carolina crashed Friday and burst into flames near a school in this Dallas suburb. The two people on board were killed.

The Cobra AH-1 crashed just before 5 p.m. in a wooded area near Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Hutchins, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Dallas.

Velva Washburn, who works near the crash site, said the two-seat helicopter started making strange noises before it went down.

“The blades continued to turn but there was a whooping sound,” she said.

“And that was all. There was a pop and then it went down.”

She said the craft appeared to be struggling to stay airborne.

“Whoever was piloting it is a hero in my book because he could have killed us all,” Washburn said.

The helicopter had left U.S. Naval Air Station-Dallas, about 15 miles northwest of the crash site, and was returning to its home base in North Carolina, military officials said.

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