According to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, four persons aboard a sheriff’s department helicopter perished in a crash Saturday night in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Officials say three officers of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and one member of the Bernalillo County Fire Department were aboard the Metro 2 helicopter at the time of the disaster.
𝐁𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐟𝐟’𝐬 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐅𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐡
This evening we learned that one of our aircraft, Metro 2, was involved in a crash near Las Vegas, NM. pic.twitter.com/UyvOpKvU88
— BCSO (Sheriff) NM (@BCSONM) July 17, 2022
The victims were named as Undersheriff Larry Korn, Lt. Fred Beers, Deputy Michael Levison, and rescue expert Matthew King by the sheriff’s office.
According to the sheriff’s department, the first responders were on their way back to Albuquerque after supporting fire crews with the East Mesa Fire.
The area, which is roughly 120 miles northeast of Albuquerque, was declared safe by New Mexico State Police. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were both expected to examine the incident, according to state police.
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“The inquiry into this occurrence is still in its early stages. We will share further information when we receive it through official press releases such as this one “In a statement, the sheriff’s office said, “Please remember to keep these people and their families in your thoughts and prayers tonight.”