Sierra County- On Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:54 am; New Mexico State Police Officers were dispatched to State Road 187, around mile post 30 regarding a downed helicopter. The location is approximately five miles south of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
At this time, there are three confirmed fatalities. They have been identified as: William Brownfield (61) of Caballo NM; Duane Zietlow (78) of Elephant Butte NM; and Pilot-Ebenezer Priebe (34) of Tucson AZ.
The cause of this crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The scene is being secured until arrival of investigation crews.
Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez