distinguished years of service.” The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said a mechanic, whose identity has not been released, also died in the crash.
The helicopter leasing company lost contact with Cochise Air just after 7 p.m. near Benson, about 150 miles southeast of Phoenix. The helicopter returned from a trip to Phoenix for routine maintenance. Search crews tracked the pilot’s cellphone and found the crash site within a couple hours just south of Interstate 10 outside Benson. The cause of the crash is unknown and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.