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Authorities: 1 killed in helicopter crash

February 25, 2009

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— A helicopter crash killed a pilot and seriously injured a passenger Tuesday on the northeastern North Carolina campus of the private security contractor Xe, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration initially reported that one person was hurt in the 1:33 p.m. crash, but Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry confirmed the pilot had died.

Currituck County spokesman Randall Edwards said the seriously injured passenger was taken to a hospital in nearby Chesapeake, Va. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said an instructor pilot and a student were aboard the small helicopter, which crashed when its skid caught on an object and flipped over.

Xe is the security and training company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide and its campus is located about 30 minutes south of Norfolk, Va.

It was the first fatality in the 11-year history of the company’s training facility, which is now known as U.S. Training Center Inc., company spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said.

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