A Cochise County Sheriff’s Office helicopter has crashed killing two
people on board. According to a statement released by Cochise County
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carol Capas, the
helicopter was returning to Sierra Vista airport from Phoenix, where it
had some routine maintenance done on New Year’s Eve

when it dropped
from radar. Search and Rescue personnel were able to trace the cell phone of the
pilot and tracked the
aircraft’s wreckage in Benson, about
45 minutes southeast of Tucson.  The bodies of the pilot and the
mechanic on board were found deceased at the scene.  The cause of the
crash is unknown.  The National Transportation and Safety Board has
taken over the investigation.  According to a statement released by
Sheriff Mark Dannels, “This
news leaves me personally, and this organization with a heavy heart
because of the tragic loss of two incredible lives. We have worked
closely with this company and these two individuals since receiving
Cochise Air and knowing that they are considered part of the Sheriff’s
Office family makes this so much harder. We send our condolences out to
the families of two people who will truly be missed.”


Kris Dugan