Santa Fe, N.M. (AP) - Officials say that both the pilot of a state police helicopter and the student hiker he was rescuing were killed when the aircraft crashed on a snowy mountain near Santa Fe.
The officials said that Sgt. Andy Tingwall perished after retrieving lost hiker Megumi Yamamoto when the chopper struck the side of a mountain Tuesday night in rough weather.
Yamamoto, a University of New Mexico physics graduate student from Tokyo, was also confirmed dead earlier Thursday after rescuers reached the bodies.
The only other person aboard, State Police Officer Wesley Cox, sustained serious leg injuries but managed to reach safety Wednesday.
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