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A morning visit to the Sedona Airport later turned tragic for a man and woman after they were killed in a helicopter crash about 40 miles south of town.

Two people were killed when their 1974 Bell UH-1V Iroquois crashed near Cordes Lakes, south of Sedona on Saturday,  Sept. 21. Sedona Airport General Manager Rod Propst said the two crash victims were not part of the airport’s Family Fun Day but had landed, eaten breakfast and left without refueling about two hours later.According to Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn, the YCSO received a called just before noon on Saturday, Sept. 21 regarding an aircraft accident two miles east of Interstate 17 off Dugas Road. He said a witness reported that the helicopter was “spinning and went down in a nose dive” as it crashed in an open field near Cordes Lakes.

Mayer Fire Department responded to the scene of the wreckage, which was on fire. The aircraft was identified as a 1974 Bell UH-1V Iroquois — a Vietnam-era helicopter known as a “Huey” that has one engine and seats six. According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the helicopter was purchased and registered to the current owner in July of this year.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Sept. 25, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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