GCSO: Helicopter crashes near Payson, 6 people on board

PAYSON, AZ - Authorities in eastern Arizona say one person is injured after a helicopter made a crash landing in a Tonto National Forest wilderness area.

Lt. Tim Scott of the Gila County Sheriff's Office says the helicopter went down about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday some 20 miles west of Payson. That's a forest community 70 miles northeast of Phoenix.

Television footage showed the helicopter intact on the ground with its tail apparently broken off.

Scott says six people were aboard and only the pilot was injured. He says the unidentified man was airlifted to a Scottsdale hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Arizona Public Service says one of its employees was aboard the helicopter on "an economic development mission."

The Bell helicopter was leased by APS and was flying from Scottsdale to Flagstaff.


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