A Scottsdale woman was one of two people killed in a deadly helicopter crash north of Phoenix on Saturday.
Gregory Smith tells CBS 5 News his daughter, Brynne Smith, died in the crash. She was originally from Bend, OR. The relationship between Brynne Smith and the other person on board is not known.
Investigators are waiting on DNA and dental records before officially identifying the two.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn said Sunday that the crash site is a half mile radius and includes some of the main fuselage.
Witnesses on I-17 and in the Prescott National Forest reported seeing the helicopter go down in smoke and flames near the freeway at about 11:50 a.m.
“It fell fast and hit hard and just an immediate explosion,” camper Stan Oliver said.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the helicopter was a UH-1V model, also known as a MEDEVAC “Huey.” Only 19 helicopters of this model are registered with the FAA – two of them in Arizona.
The aircraft that crashed Saturday afternoon was manufactured in 1974 and was recertified for flight two months ago.
The FAA and The National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.