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One death and two injuries in helicopter crash

A pilot was killed and two others were injured after a Duke Energy helicopter crashed Wednesday in Rockingham County.

The helicopter crashed after 1 p.m. near the Duke Energy plant and off South Edgewood Drive in Eden.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Bell 429 helicopter crashed while the pilot was conducting power line work near Rosewood Lane. There were three people on board, the FAA said. The helicopter and crew were employed by Duke Energy and were surveying power lines at the time of the crash.

Two passengers escaped the flames and the crash wreckage. One man was transported to UNC-Rockingham hospital and the other airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Health Care. Emergency services said the two men were able to communicate and were conscious.

They have not released their names or conditions at this time.