NTSB releases preliminary report on deadly BCSO helicopter crash

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Friday on the deadly Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crash last month.

The crash claimed the lives of four responders: BCSO Undersheriff Larry Koren, Lt. Fred Beers, Deputy Michael Levison, and Bernalillo County Fire Department Rescue Specialist Matthew King.

The “Metro 2” helicopter was assisting with the East Mesa Fire, providing bucket drops and other needs for fire crews on the ground.

On the way back to Albuquerque, authorities say the helicopter crashed around 7:20 p.m. on July 16 outside of Las Vegas.

Read the NTSB’s full report on the crash here: