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BWI Copter Crash Kills 1, Injures 1

August 1, 2001

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) _ A helicopter carrying two people crashed Wednesday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, killing one person and critically injuring the other, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

The helicopter crashed about 1 p.m. near Pier A at the airport south of Baltimore while taking photographs of airport construction work, airport spokeswoman Melanie Miller said.

A state transportation spokesman said no other aircraft was involved. Baltimore television stations showed the helicopter surrounded by firefighting foam on an airport runway with its landing skids crushed.

A male passenger was in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, hospital spokeswoman Cindy Rivers said.

The identities of the victims were not immediately known, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said.

Bernadette Stallings, an employee of an airport contractor who works about a quarter-mile from the crash site, said she saw the helicopter go down.

``It was going real fast. He had no control,″ she said. When the helicopter hit the ground, she said, ``It was like a car accident. It was a big thud.″

Roy Tabb said he was working outside about a half-mile from the crash site when he noticed the helicopter flying low. ``Then it went into a spiral. I knew something was definitely wrong,″ he said.

The helicopter crashed near one of the major commercial runways at the international airport, the state’s largest, said airport spokesman John White. Peters said only one of the airport’s four runways was operating after the crash.

The helicopter is owned by U.S. Leaseco and is sometimes operated by Helicopter Transportation Services Inc., based at Martin State Airport, a smaller airport outside Baltimore. An employee at HTS said the company did not have any comment.

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