Helicopter crashes near Phoenix

A helicopter crashed north of Phoenix Saturday. Preliminary reports indicated their were no survivors, and it was not immediately known how many people were aboard.

Witnesses along Interstate 17 reported flames and black smoke about 70 miles north of Phoenix just before Noon according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

The privately owned UH-1V helicopter was destroyed, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. He said there was no early indication of the circumstances of the crash.

The helicopter is registered in the Phoenix area.

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