Authorities ID 2 People Killed in Helicopter Crash

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By Alabama News Network


Authorities identified two people killed when a helicopter crashed in western Alabama as 63-year-old David Carson of Tuscaloosa; and 51-year-old Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia.


Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Sgt. Dale Phillips said Wallace worked for a private company contracted to work with Alabama Power. WSB-TV reports that Wallace, a pilot, worked at the Atlanta station as a helicopter operator from 1997 to 2003.


The Tuscaloosa News reports that Carson was an Alabama Power employee.


Phillips said the men were conducting maintenance on a high-voltage power line when the crash happened around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.


Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the chopper went down about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa County Chief Deputy Ron Abernathy said the crash site was in a heavily wooded area.


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