1 Firefighter Killed and 2 Injured in Heli Crash Sam Houston National Forest

Daniel Laird, Kelly Callahen, and Morgan Kozloski Sam Houston National Forest Helicopter Crash April 3HOUSTON (April 6, 2019) – A firefighter helping with a controlled burn in the Sam Houston National Forest outside Houston has died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday.

Daniel J. Laird, 41, of Yuba City died when the chopper crashed. Forest Service Firefighter Kelly Callahen and 50-year-old pilot Morgan Kozloski were injured in the crash. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause of the crash.

Laird, a 23-year Forest Service employee, was a helitack captain from the Tahoe National Forest. He was on temporary assignment in the Sam Houston National Forest. The helicopter was assisting on a routine controlled burn on the forest when the helicopter went it crashed.

Authorities will conduct an investigation to determine the facts and cause of the crash.


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