HOUSTON — Two people were killed Monday after a helicopter crashed in northeast Harris County, the sheriff's department said.
It happened at about 3:30 p.m. just feet from Highway 90. The R-22 Robinson Helicopter was heading to Hooks Airport from Baytown when, witnesses said, it went into a tailspin and crashed to the ground.
The helicopter exploded shortly after impact, killing the male pilot and his female passenger.
Good Samaritans tried to get to the man and woman and extinguish the flames, but it was not possible.
"I’m sorry. Tried my best, but there wasn’t anything else I could do,” said Jose Escamilla.
The three witnesses who rushed to the crash site could not put out the flames using fire extinguishers in the pipe yard where the chopper came down.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers secured the location and National Transportation Safety Board investigators were examining the wreckage.