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Amarillo Man Dies in Helicopter Accident

An Amarillo man has died following a helicopter accident in Castro County.

According to the Castro County Sheriff's Office, officials were called to a helicopter crash in Castro County on Sunday morning. Officials say that the crash was located in a wheat field.

The Castro Sheriff's Office and Texas Highway Patrol responded to the accident conducted an investigation.

The pilot, 68-year-old businessman Donald Oppliger, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Oreda Campbell.

An investigation is being conducted by the FAA and the NTSB.

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