Helicopter Crash Kills Two Bell Test Pilots

Employees were flight testing 525 Relentless in Texas.

Bell Helicopter 525
Two test pilots were killed in the crash of a 525 Relentless on Wednesday.Bell Helicopter

Two Bell Helicopter employees were killed Wednesday during a flight test in rural Texas near the company’s XworX facility in Arlington.

The pilots were testing Bell’s new fly-by-wire 525 Relentless turbine twin when the helicopter crashed in a field. There were no other injuries.

The crash is being investigated by the FAA and NTSB, and Bell has stated it is working with authorities to determine the cause of the incident.

The 525, announced at Heli-Expo in 2012, is Bell's largest civil helicopter, with room for up to 20 passengers and crew. It made its first flight last year.

Raw video taken by NBC 5 in Fort Worth shows the scene of the crash.