Clipped From The Paris News
Man saves two in copter crash By^The Associated Press i • CROCKETT, Texas — A man who witnessed the crash of an Army helicopter pulled a victim from the wreckage moments before it burst into flames, officials said. Pilot Tim Stachewich and pas-' senger Brian Mahoney, the only two people in the helicopter, were both in stable but guarded condition condition Thursday night in Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, said spjpkeswoman Dawn Jenich. The injuries'were not life-threatening, according to a statement from Army personnel at Fort Polk, La. The officers were assigned to the Louisiana base and were returning from training exercises in California California when the helicopter crashed at 10:35 a.m. about 10 miles northwest northwest of Crockett. >V.C. Bryant, a. Port Arthur resident resident who is building a home in a subdivision at the lake saw the crash and helped one of the victims to safety, said Houston County SheriffClaudie Kendrick. "The thing was on fire almost as soon as it hit the ground," Kendrick said. "The crash tore it all to pieces and then the fire melted it up. You could hardly tell what it was." Authorities did not indicate which man Bryant saved. ."Without a doubt, he saved their lives," Ms. Jenich said of Bryant. •;The helicopter was one of five returning returning to Fort Polk after an exercise exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., the Army said. The helicopter belonged to D Company, 5th Aviation Regiment, assigned to Fort Polk. The other four helicopters in the flight landed a\ Lufkin and were to continue Saturday afternoon to Fort Polk, the Army said. lIt said an aviation safety team frbm Fort Rucker, Ala., will in- v^stigate the crash.