Grayson County

Flight Instructor Dies After North Texas Helicopter Crash

Investigators say a flight instructor has died and a student pilot was hospitalized following a North Texas helicopter crash.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the two-seat Hughes 269-C lost power and crashed Tuesday night in a field near Howe, about 50 miles north of Dallas.

DPS says 58-year-old Daniel Katen of Lewisville died Wednesday morning at a Sherman hospital.

Staff Sgt. Mark Tackett says the student pilot and helicopter owner, 44-year-old Matthew Cavender from Howe, was hospitalized in Dallas for treatment of back injuries.

Tackett says investigators are trying to determine what caused the chopper to crash while doing maneuvers.

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