2 Killed in Helicopter Crash Outside Tuscalooosa Tuesday

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities identified two people killed when a helicopter crashed in western Alabama as 63-year-old David Carson of Tuscaloosa; and 51-year-old Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia.

Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Sgt. Dale Phillips said Wallace worked for a private company contracted to work with Alabama Power. WSB-TV reports that Wallace, a pilot, worked at the Atlanta station as a helicopter operator from 1997 to 2003.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that Carson was an Alabama Power employee.

Phillips said the men were conducting maintenance on a high-voltage power line when the crash happened around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the chopper went down about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa County Chief Deputy Ron Abernathy said the crash site was in a heavily wooded area.

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