1 survivor walks away from downed state copter

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Santa Fe, N.M. (AP) - One of three people aboard a New Mexico state police helicopter that went down on a snowy 12,000-foot mountain has survived the crash, officials said.

But State Police Chief Faron Segotta says the fate of the other two people aboard, including a missing hiker, has not been confirmed.

Segotta says the survivor, 29-year-old Officer Wesley Cox, is at a Santa Fe hospital and ``extremely hypothermic.''

He says Cox spotted a ground rescue team and that he got to them.

Cox was the spotter on the helicopter as it searched for a missing hiker.

Segotta says a National Guard helicopter is still trying to find the missing copter.

The pilot, Sgt. Andrew Tingwall of Santa Fe, radioed in his last transmission that he hit the mountain Tuesday night after picking up the hiker, Negumi Yamamoto, on Santa Fe Baldy.
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