Illinois state helicopter crashes in New Mexico

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT
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The wreckage of a helicopter, owned by the Illinois Department of Transportation, crashed Saturday near Amistad, N.M. Authorities said that the two Illinois state employees aboard the helicopter walked away from the crash unharmed. The aircraft was traveling to Nevada for maintenance when the crash occurred.

SPRINGFIELD – A helicopter owned by the Illinois Department of Transportation has crashed in New Mexico.

IDOT spokesman Jae Miller tells The State Journal-Register in Springfield that two Illinois state employees were aboard the helicopter at the time of the crash. She says both employees walked away unharmed.

The crashed happened Saturday afternoon about three miles south of Amistad, N.M. Miller says the helicopter was headed to Nevada for training when it crashed.

Miller says the helicopter is no longer operational and will be sent to Nevada for maintenance at the request of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

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