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Amazon's Bezos hurt in helicopter crash


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start quoteHe's fine; we are business as usual.end quote
-- Bill Curry, Amazon spokesman

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) -- Amazon.com's Chief Executive Jeff Bezos was involved in a helicopter crash last week in southwest Texas and was slightly injured in the incident, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

A helicopter carrying the Web retailer's founder, two other passengers and the pilot crashed shortly after taking off at an airport south of Alpine, Texas, last Thursday, said Tom Vinger, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Strong wind in the area apparently blew the helicopter into trees and then it crashed in a nearby stream. he said. Bezos was treated for minor cuts at an area hospital and released.

Amazon had no comment on the incident. Bill Curry, a spokesman for the Internet giant said of Bezos: "He's fine; we are business as usual."

The other people aboard were Elizabeth Korrell of Seattle, who suffered spinal compressions for which she was treated and released from an area hospital, as well as Ty Holland of Fort Davis, Texas and pilot Charles Bella, who both suffered minor injuries, Vinger said.



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