Oct 5, 2014 10:59 AM

Helicopter crashes into Colorado River, killing 2

The Associated Press

LOMA, Colorado (AP) Authorities say a helicopter that crashed into a river in western Colorado left two occupants dead.

Mesa County chief deputy coroner Victor Yahn tells The Associated Press that the two died in Saturday's crash, but he didn't have any other information.

Authorities say two people were aboard the aircraft when it crashed shortly after 6 p.m. MDT into the Colorado River near Loma.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer tells KKCO-TV in Grand Junction that the aircraft was a Xenon Gyroplane.

Mesa County Sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa McCammon tells The Denver Post the helicopter took off from the Grand Junction Airport, about 20 miles southeast of the crash site.

First-responders told the Daily Sentinel that two fishermen saw the accident and pulled at least one victim from the wreckage.


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