Names released in fatal helicopter crash near Post - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Names released in fatal helicopter crash near Post

POST, TX (KCBD) - Names have been released for the pilot and passenger involved in the helicopter accident just outside Post on Sunday afternoon.

DPS Corporal John Gonzalez says the crash happened when the helicopter was lifting off at the Beach Family Ranch. When First Responders arrived, they found the pilot Paul Beach, 66, dead. His passenger, 53-year-old Michael Chenoweth, had critical injuries and was airlifted to University Medical Center. He has since been upgraded to serious condition.

The helicopter went down around 3:30 p.m. Sunday about 13 miles east of Post on Beach Ranch, just off of highway 380.

According to Garza County officials, Chenoweth's 13-year-old son saw the crash and made the 911 call. Investigators were back on the scene Monday morning to find out why the helicopter crashed.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 is learning more about the men involved in the crash. See that story tonight on KCBD NewsChannel 11 at 6.

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