Preliminary Report - Flight In Poor Weather Claims Helicopter

 - July 8, 2010, 7:49 AM

The helicopter was destroyed and the commercial pilot and one passenger killed when it crashed following inadvertent flight into IMC. The other passenger was seriously injured.

After lifting off into clouds following a rescue operation, the helicopter struck something on the mountainside, and then landed on a steep ridgeline before rolling downhill approximately 800 feet.

The helicopter was owned by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.