Jonathan David Suhr Killed in Childress County Helicopter Crash

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.