Tucson AZ Jan 31 2011
Four people were injured when a Pima County Sheriff’s Department helicopter crashed Monday morning northwest of Tucson, authorities said.
The Hughes 500 copter crashed after 11 a.m. near Waterman and Silverbell roads. The area is mountainous terrain about 28 miles northwest of Tucson International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
One person reportedly suffered serious injuries while the other three had non-life threatening injuries, according to the Avra Valley Fire Department.
A spokesman for Pima County’s northwest fire area, Adam Goldberg, describes the helicopter as perched on the side of a mountain in the Tucson range, supported in place by a tree.