Helicopter crash reported in remote Ariz. area

Authorities say a helicopter that took off from the Phoenix area has crashed in Arizona.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told the Arizona Republic that (http://bit.ly/Ml7KbD ) the wreckage was spotted Sunday morning by a private pilot several miles south of Camp Verde.

Gregor said an Aerospatiale AS350 helicopter took off Saturday morning from the Scottsdale Airport and was headed for Sedona, but it was reported overdue when it failed to arrive at its destination. Search crews with the Civil Air Patrol started looking for the aircraft on Saturday.

Gregor said four people were aboard the helicopter.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Department said Sunday that the wreckage is in a remote region.

No further information was available.

Camp Verde is about 86 miles north of Phoenix.


Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com