Bell Helicopter aircraft on test flight crashes in Ellis County

Ellis County helicopter crash - NBC News

BELL BRANCH, Texas (AP) — A Bell Helicopter aircraft on a test flight has crashed in a rural area about 40 miles south of Dallas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the helicopter crashed Wednesday in Ellis County near the towns of Bell Branch and Italy. Officials had no immediate information on the fate of those on board the Bell 525.

A Bell Helicopter statement says the company was conducting developmental flight test operations from its Arlington facility. The company described the incident as a “helicopter accident” and said Bell Helicopter personnel were heading to the scene Wednesday afternoon.

DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said the helicopter crashed. He had no additional information.

Emergency officials in Ellis County did not immediately respond to messages Wednesday afternoon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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