Key Zimbabwean resistance pioneer Roy Bennett was one of five individuals killed when a helicopter slammed in a sloping area of New Mexico, police said Thursday.
One other individual “managed genuine wounds,” New Mexico state police said in an announcement. The private Huey UH-1, which had six individuals on board, slammed Wednesday evening around 15 miles east of Raton, situated close to the Colorado state line.
Update on the helicopter crash in Raton: 6 people were on board. Officers report 5 fatalities and 1 severely injured. FAA will arrive today to investigate cause of the crash. #NMSP officers still working to gain information.
— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) January 18, 2018
Bennett had been an individual from the British South Africa Police and the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe. As the treasurer for the Movement for Democratic Change party, he got under the skin of removed pioneer Robert Mugabe.
It was not quickly clear why Bennett was in the zone. His significant other, Heather, likewise was among the dead.
New Mexico Police Department got a call around 6:00 p.m. from one of the casualties in the crash who supposedly said three travelers were harmed and three were unaccounted for at the time.
Subsequent to touching base on the scene, authorities quickly announced three of the people dead. Two different guys were in basic condition.
One dead later on the scene and the other passed on the way to the healing center, a public statement by the New Mexico State Police said.
It’s hazy what caused the crash and authorities said “the nature of this flight isn’t known.”
Those locally available were recognized as: Jamie Coleman Dodd, 57, the pilot; Paul Cobb, 67; Charles Ryland Burnett, 61; Roy Bennett, 60; and Heather Bennett, 55.
“FAA will arrive [Thursday] to examine reason for the crash. #NMSP officers as yet attempting to pick up data,” police tweeted.
Huey helicopters are flown for people, organizations and government offices.
Raton is 175 miles upper east of Albuquerque.