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Sep 21, 2013 8:12 PM by Monica Gouty

No survivors in helicopter crash near Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say a helicopter has crashed north of Phoenix.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the crash occurred Saturday just before noon near Mayer. He said preliminary reports show that there are no survivors.

D'Evelyn says the helicopter was privately owned.

It was not known how many were on board.

Witnesses told authorities that they saw flames and black smoke at the time of the crash.

Mayer Fire Department Battalion Fire Chief Michael McGhee told KNXV-TV that the UH1 model helicopter crashed nose first along Interstate 17 near Mile Post 268.

Mayer is about 70 miles north of Phoenix and is located near Black Canyon City and Cordes Lakes.

No further details were available.

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