2 dead in helicopter crash in Williamson County, Texas

Two people were killed Tuesday in a fiery helicopter crash in northeastern Williamson County along County Road 346 near Granger, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

The crash was reported around 12:45 p.m. on County Road 346 near Granger.

The pair were the only ones traveling in the helicopter when it went down about 15 miles east of the Georgetown Municipal Airport after hitting a power line and crashing into a field around 12:45 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said in a statement.

The helicopter took off from the airport around 12:15 p.m. on a local flight, Lunsford said.

The helicopter struck power lines and impacted open field terrain in Williamson County, Texas, during a training flight. The helicopter was partially consumed by the post-impact fire subsequent to a wire-strike and both occupants onboard were fatally injured. An electric power line was brought down.

One of the occupants was lieutenant pilot Ahmad Al-Khawaldeh, a Jordanian Air Force pilot, the second occupant was an American pilot.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators were called to the crash site and the National Transportation Safety Board was notified, officials said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation, according to official

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