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1 dead, 1 critically hurt in helicopter crash in southwest Ohio

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UPDATED JUNE 8 2022 AT 2:22 PM EST.

Authorities say a woman was killed and her husband was critically injured in the fiery crash Tuesday of a helicopter at their southwest Ohio home.

The crash occurred around 9:40 a.m. near Greenville, roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Dayton near the Indiana border. The Darke County sheriff's office says 34-year-old Charles Zimmer was flown to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries. His wife, 35-year-old Krista Zimmer, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. Officials said it’s unclear whether the Enstrom F-28F was trying to land or take off at the time of the crash.

Darke County Sheriff Mark Whittaker said the survivor was pulled from the fiery wreckage by deputies and bystanders before being flown to the hospital. Whittaker said rescuers used buckets of water from a nearby home and fire extinguishers to douse flames during the rescue.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.