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Originally distributed to the media on 9/25/13
Flagstaff, AZ; Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a helicopter crash that occurred at approximately 9:29 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 off of Forest Service Road 171 approximately 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 and departed from an airport in Mesa, Arizona early this morning. 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 on-scene Coconino County Sheriff’s Sergeant conducted a conference call with officials of the FAA and the NTSB to inform them of what he believed occurred. This investigation will be continued by the above mention agencies.
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Media and Public Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089