The wreckage from a helicopter accident in Yavapai County, Arizona has been discovered to the south of Camp Verde.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor stated that an Aerospatiale AS350 helicopter, which was carrying four members on board at the time of the incident, had left from Scottsdale for Sedona at around 8 a.m. on Saturday.
When the aircraft didn't arrive for some time past its estimated arrival time, somebody alerted that the aircraft was overdue, at which point, Civil Air Patrol search crews began trying to find the chopper.
At around 8:45 a.m. Sunday, the next day, the pilot of a private plane called in, reported seeing aircraft wreckage in the Verde River, to the south of Camp Verde.
Earlier today, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the wreckage was indeed the missing chopper.
Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, stated that there was no word as to the fate of the people on the board the aircraft at the time it went down. D'Evelyn informed there was no further information at that time, and that he was waiting for and update from FAA and NTSB investigators at the scene, noting that cell phone service was limited in the area of the crash.
As a Phoenix accident attorney, you have to say that it does not look good for the members of the group that were aboard the helicopter at the time of it's crash.
However, until the investigation has been concluded, we must not give up hope that these individuals could just be stranded, and emergency teams could still rescue them.
Our accident law firm in Phoenix keeps the accident members, and their family and friends in our thoughts and prayers, and we will keep you updated on this story as more information becomes available.