BOXBOROUGH -- An investigation is underway today into a helicopter crash that killed a federal aviation inspector and injured his student.
Police and fire personnel responded at about 4:48 p.m. Wednesday to the crash in a wooded area in the vicinity of 300 Beaver Brook Road, police said in a statement. The Schweizer 269C was en route from Norwood, Sergeant Warren O’Brien told the Globe Wednesday night.
The student had exited the helicopter and was conscious. She was airlifted to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, police said. The inspector died in the crash.
The woman said they had been practicing a maneuver that simulates an engine stall, and that the engine was cut but did not restart, police said. They attempted to land in an open field but crashed into the adjacent woods.
A government official speaking on background identified the inspector as Michael Wheeler, of Watertown, N.Y.
The official said Wheeler, who had an FAA rating both as a flight instructor and an aviation safety inspector, was on a "check flight" to test the woman's piloting ability when the helicopter crashed.
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