Investigations into cause of deadly helicopter crash in Howe underway

A flight instructor has died, and a student pilot hospitalized following a north-Texas helicopter crash, says the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to officials, the two-seat Hughes 269-C lost power and crash Tuesday night in a field near Howe, about 50 miles north of Dallas.

The pilot, 58-year-old Daniel Katen of Lewisville, succumbed to his injuries early Wednesday morning at a Sherman hospital.

The passenger, and helicopter owner, 44-year-old Matthew Cavender of Howe was hospitalized in Dallas for back injures, say DPS officials.

Federal investigators arrived at the crash site the following day to begin investigations into the fatal accident.

According to a neighbor, after the crash Cavender was able to make his way to his house, about 300 yards away, for help.

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