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Pilot dies in helicopter crash

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MOYOCK, N.C. — Authorities in northeastern North Carolina say an instructor pilot died and a student was seriously injured in a helicopter crash on the campus of the private security contractor Xe (pronounced ‘zee’).

Currituck County spokesman Randall Edwards said the crash occurred at 1:33 p.m. Tuesday. He said one person was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second taken to a hospital in nearby
Chesapeake, Va., with serious injuries.

Initial reports from the Federal Aviation Administration said only one person was hurt in the crash, but Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry confirmed Tuesday afternoon the pilot was killed.

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

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Authorities in northeastern North Carolina say an instructor pilot died and a student was seriously injured in a helicopter crash on the campus of the private security contractor Xe.

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