UPDATE: Texas Department of Public Safety officials released more information about a “hard landing” at the Rusk County airport on Monday.

According to authorities, a husband and wife pair were in a R44 helicopter, which is a four-seat aircraft.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers received a call about about a downed helicopter around 10 a.m. this morning. Officials said the helicopter left the Rusk County Airport and was flying in the southeast direction.

The passenger said she could tell something was wrong with the helicopter when they took off. The aircraft pitched down hard and struck the left skid on the runway.

The passenger had minor injuries and helped remove the pilot from the helicopter. The pilot was flown to a local hospital and the passenger was taken in an ambulance.

At this time, their injuries are not life-threatening, according to Rusk County Office of Emergency Management officials.

FAA authorities are still at the scene investigating.


RUSK COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – First responders are headed to the Rusk County Airport after reports of a private helicopter crash.

According to the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management, access is limited to emergency responders only and updates will be provided when available.

No information is available on occupants of the helicopter at this time.

KETK has a crew headed to the scene now. Check back for updates.