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Flagstaff Area Helicopter Crash

September 26
23:30 2013

helicopter_smallCoconino County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a helicopter crash that occurred at approximately 9:29 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in an area off of Forest Service Road 171, about twelve miles North-West of Flagstaff. Medical personnel from the Ponderosa Fire District also respond to this incident. Emergency first responders found four occupants of the downed aircraft, three of which sustained minor injuries. The pilot received minor injuries and was not transported. Two of the passengers who were both complaining of shoulder pain were taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center by Guardian Medical Transport. The forth occupant was uninjured.

At this stage in the investigation Deputies have learned that the aircraft was rented by a private pilot from an airport in Mesa, Arizona. The occupants were headed to a shooting event being held at the C and C Ranch. Deputies are investigating the possibility that the pilot was in the process of landing with the aircraft positioned approximately twenty feet above the ground when it was struck by a gust of wind causing the pilot to lose control. An investigation into the incident continues.

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