With pilot and two paramedics on board, the helicopter started spinning shortly after take off and crashed about 20 seconds later, causing fatal injuries to pilot Patrick Mahany.The helicopter hit a parked pickup truck and travel camper and the helicopter was consumed by the ensuing fire.
Flight paramedic Dave Repsher was burned in the crash and was described shortly after as being in critical condition, while flight nurse Matt Bowe sustained unspecified injuries and is in fair condition.
Crashed adjacent to the threshold of runway 15 and burnt out. Mountain View Fire & Rescue issued a statement saying there were two fatalities. This short video interview suggests that part of the helicopter separated in mid air. Operator Mountain One Helicopters announced on their Facebook page that the victims were instructor Alex Viola and student pilot Amy Wood
Lost power in cruise at 600ft and force landed in field just NE of Platte Valley Airpark, causing minor injuries to 25-year old female pilot, who was not named in press reports. Photo
Crashed from low level during powerline survey work for Holy Cross Energy. All 3 POB fatally injured, including Doug Sheffer, owner and chief pilot of DBS Helicopters (from this page). The others were named here as Larry Shaffer and Christopher Gaskill
UH-1H crashed while performing seismographic operations at an oil drilling rig in the area. News report here states AJ Blain, 27, died in the crash, said Joyce Barnett, Dolores County, Colo., coroner
While in cruise flight at 11,500?MSL from Grand Junction, CO to Gunnison, CO, the transmission warning light illuminated. The pilot also observed a decrease in pressure on the transmission oil pressure gauge. The helicopter landed safely without incident in a field, was immediately taken out of service and secured.