HOUSTON (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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