Friday, January 19, 2018

5 People Killed, 1 Injured In Helicopter Crash In New Mexico

A helicopter crashed in a mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico, at least five people were killed and one was seriously injured. 

New Mexico State Police Wednesday evening received a 911 call from one of the victims of the downed aircraft, though they were unable to tell the dispatcher their exact location. A fire reported at a nearby ranch likely sparked by the crash, helped officials pinpoint the helicopter's whereabouts, according to authorities.

The aircraft’s pilot, 57-year-old Jamie Coleman Dodd, co-pilot Paul Cobb, 67, and Charles Burnett, 61, were also among those killed in the deadly incident, according to a police press release.

Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police says six people were aboard the helicopter on Wednesday evening but that no additional information was immediately available about the victims or circumstances of the crash.

The helicopter crashed about 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of the small city of Raton (rah-TOHNE’) near the Colorado state line.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the helicopter was a Huey UH-1. He says information on its registration isn’t available. Raton is 175 miles (282 kilometers) northeast of Albuquerque.

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