Scottsdale woman Brynne Smith killed in N. Arizona helicopter crash

MAYER, AZ - A woman from Scottsdale was one of two victims who died when a helicopter crashed north of the Valley on Saturday.

ABC15 learned Sunday night one of the victims was Brynne Smith of Scottsdale. Smith's father, Gregory, confirmed that his daughter died in the crash but declined to comment. According to her LinkedIn profile, Smith was an administrative assistant at Colony American Homes and attended Saguaro High School.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are continuing to investigate after the deadly helicopter crash in northern Arizona.

Dwight D'Evelyn of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said crews performed a flyover of the scene Sunday morning and discovered more debris related to the crash, including parts of the main fuselage.

The crash site now consists of a 1/2 mile ratio, D'Evelyn said.

FAA Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor confirmed Sunday afternoon that two people were on board the civilian-owned UH-1V helicopter when it crashed nose first near Mayer, Ariz., which is approximately 73 miles north of Phoenix.

D'Evelyn said due to the state of the remains, DNA or dental record comparisons will be necessary to confirm the victims' identities.

The helicopter crashed around noon Saturday, said Battalion Fire Chief Michael McGhee of the Mayer Fire Department.

Gregor said the NTSB investigator is arranging for the wreckage to be moved to a Phoenix salvage yard Sunday night. Investigators will examine it further tomorrow.

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