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WALLER COUNTY, Texas --A small helicopter crash in Waller County left one man dead Saturday, according to authorities.

The incident happened about 12:15 p.m. near the intersection of FM 1458 and Clemons Switch Road.

Deputies said a witness contacted authorities after he saw a helicopter in the sky emitting black smoke.

Upon their arrival, authorities followed the smoke and eventually found a helicopter on fire with the victim stuck inside. He died at the scene.

Authorities said the victim, William Worthington, built the chopper from a kit at home. Neighbors said the helicopter had been seen behind Worthington s house for two or three days before the crash.

The incident was under investigation.

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