Today: Feb 20 , 2020

Breaking News: Helicopter Crash East of Castle Hot Springs Road

UPDATE Friday 8:30 AM: The pilot identity has been released.


Friday, 8:30 A.M.: The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has notified the family of a pilot killed in the helicopter crash yesterday. He is identified as 61-year-old Richard Snure from Rodeo, New Mexico. Snure was in the area using the helicopter as part of a cattle gathering operation. Officials from the FAA arrived around 2 P.M. to begin their investigation. APS was on scene throughout the afternoon repairing power lines damaged in the crash. There were no injuries on the ground. No structures, other than the power lines, were damaged in the accident.

The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation with federal authorities.

12:30 P.M. - YCSO personnel on scene have confirmed reports that the pilot, a male, has died on scene as a result of injuries sustained from the crash. His identity is being withheld pending notification to family members. Further details are expected later this afternoon.

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – At approximately 10:30 today, the Peoria Police Department contacted the Yavapai Sheriff’s Office Communications Center to report a helicopter down in a wilderness area north of Lake Pleasant. The Department of Public Safety, Peoria Police Department and Phoenix Fire Department were already heading towards the area to confirm the reported crash.

Within minutes, EMS personnel on scene did confirm a helicopter crash in an area south of Champie Ranch Road, several miles east of Castle Hot Springs Road. Initial reports indicate the helicopter, with only a pilot on board, may have struck power lines in the area. At this time, it appears the crash occurred within the boundaries of Yavapai County.

YCSO personnel are due to arrive at the scene within the next few minutes and updates regarding the pilot’s condition and other details will be forthcoming.


The exact location of the accident is not known yet. However, this map points out the areas in the Sheriff's report to date.


Dwight DEvelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator