Today: Feb 17 , 2020

Helicopter Crash Today In Remote Area Near Mingus Mountain

The victims of the helicopter crash have been identified as an instructor and a student. The student passenger is uninjured, and the instructor was flown to Flagstaff with non-life-threatening injuries.



FINAL UPDATE – The helicopter crash occurred during a training flight and the injured party has been identified as the instructor. YCSO deputies had to hike to access the crash site. A representative from the NTSB arrived on scene a short time ago to begin an investigation into the cause of the crash. The student passenger has been identified as 34-year-old Dale Clark from Prescott Valley. The instructor has been identified as William Ringer – no further information regarding Ringer’s condition is currently available. Further information regarding this incident should be referred to the NTSB.


UPDATE – 12:00 PM – The helicopter crash involved two adult men. One of the men sustained apparent non-life threatening injuries and was flown to a Flagstaff area hospital. The other man was not injured. YCSO ground units are still attempting to reach the crash site at this hour.


The cause of the crash is unknown. Additional details are expected later today.



UPDATE - 11:30 AM--- According to D'Evelyn, YCSO is trying to reach the location, but has not been able to access it yet due to washed out roads and the remote nature of the accident. No news yet as to injuries or the number of people involved.



UPDATE – 11:00 AM --- Due to several washed out roads in the area, ground units have not been able to reach the scene as of this time. YCSO has received one report that medical personnel, agency unknown at this time, have landed by helicopter to access the situation. NTSB and FAA officials have been notified.

The crash site has been determined to be in the vicinity of Forest Service Road 318A.

Further to follow……………..


PRELIMINARY INFORMATION - The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is responding to a reported helicopter crash located in a remote area approximately 12 miles NE of Prescott Valley. The helicopter belongs to Guidance Helicopters based out of the Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott. The initial call came in about 9:15AM. Injuries, if any, have not been confirmed by our personnel.

Due to recent rainstorms, the roads into this area are in poor condition requiring 4- wheel drive capable vehicles for access. YCSO is being assisted by the Chino Valley Police Department and several area EMS agencies. Medical helicopters are expected in the area shortly to assist as needed.

Updates to follow………….

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at

(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website:

Dwight D'Evelyn

Media / Crime Prevention Coordinator
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office<


Dwight DEvelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator