Man survives NM crash after cold night on mountain

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Santa Fe, N.M. (AP) - Rescuers say they've found the wreckage, but not two of the three people aboard a helicopter that crashed into a snowy mountain in northern New Mexico.

The third occupant, a state police patrolman, was found by rescuers earlier Wednesday, suffering from extreme hypothermia and other injuries. From his account, authorities say they fear a hiker may not have survived, but still have hope for the pilot.

The helicopter had just picked up the hiker, who'd become separated from her boyfriend.

State Police Spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia says the debris from the helicopter is scattered down the mountain side.

The crash happened northeast of Baldy Peak, in the Santa Fe mountains, at about 12,000 feet. A crew of 18 people hiked through the night in an effort to reach the lower end of the debris field.

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