Natchitoches Man Hurt in Helicopter Crash in Texas


TYLER COUNTY, TX (North of Houston, TX) – Alfred Christian Bell, 48, of Natchitoches, Louisiana was injured today when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in Tyler County this  morning.

According to the DPS report, dispatch received the report at 10:40 a.m. from County Line Road, which is just off of US 190 and 12 miles west of Woodville.

Bell was the only person on the helicopter. He was taken from the scene by an ambulance and then flown to a Houston hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

According to the DPS, Bell had only been in the air for about a minute or two, spraying herbicides when he started having engine problems. He was able to fly over several pine trees before crashing into a clear field.

An investigation of the crash is pending.

Photos: Texas D.P.S.