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Gazette Premium Content Sheriff: 3 dead in western Colorado helicopter crash

Associated Press Updated: January 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Associated Press Updated: January 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm • Published: January 27, 2014

SILT ­— Three people were killed in a helicopter crash about one mile south of Silt Monday morning where the Holy Cross Energy power line crosses Dry Hollow Road, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Emergency officials were on the scene within five minutes after the crash was...

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DENVER — A helicopter crashed in western Colorado Monday, killing all three people aboard, authorities said.

Garfield County Sheriff's Deputy Ward Stowe said his office could not immediately release the names of those killed in the crash near Silt. Witnesses who saw the crash believe the helicopter was carrying a crew inspecting power lines, and that the helicopter snagged a line, Stowe said.

Stowe said the helicopter bore no identifying marks, so it wasn't immediately clear who owned it or who might have been operating it.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said that according to preliminary information, the helicopter was being used by a power company for survey work and struck power lines before the crash.

Kenitzer said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

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