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.
It’s with incredible sadness for us to confirm the tragic loss of two pilots during a flight test today in the Bell 525. (1/3)— Bell Helicopter (@one_bell) July 6, 2016
Our deepest sympathies are with their family and friends and we ask that you join us in sending thoughts and prayers. (2/3)— Bell Helicopter (@one_bell) July 6, 2016
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.