FAA: Helicopter with 6 aboard crashes in northern New Mexico


Elizabeth Armijo, one of the five killed in the helicopter was a key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett.

The couple died along with three others when the aircraft crashed on Wednesday in a mountainous area in the U.S. state of New Mexico. At the inception of the inclusive government in 2009, MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai nominated Mr Bennett as Deputy Minister of Agriculture, but former President Mugabe declined to swear him, saying he should first be cleared in the courts.

The helicopter went down about 6 p.m. Wednesday about 24 kilometres east of the small city of Raton near the Colorado state line.

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"I am devastated as I have just received tragic news about Roy Bennett and wife's involvement in a helicopter accident in Canada", he wrote. The downed helicopter was believed to have caused the fire, the State Police said. The helicopter wreckage was spotted in a ranchers property east of Raton.

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'He did manage to get a radio call off before going in, ' Conlon said, adding that three were killed instantly in the crash, while another two - including Dodd - died en-route to a hospital in Albuquerque.

The nature of this flight is not known.

The survivor of the crash sustained serious injuries but is expected to survive.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted to investigate this crash and is now on scene. The crash sparked a grass fire that burned an area of approximately a mile radius around crash site, according to the New Mexico State Police. The aircraft was listed as a private Huey helicopter but the tail number is not available.

After leaving the forces, he flew for the California Highway Patrol and both the California and Texas Army National Guards.