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Billings-Owned Chopper Crashes In Colo.

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Authorities in Southwestern Colorado say a helicopter owned by a Billings company crashed in the area Tuesday.

In a statement, Dolores County Sheriff's Office said a helicopter owned by Billings Flying Service crashed approximately five miles east of the town of Dove Creek. The town of Dove Creek is about 284 miles northwest of Albuquerque, NM.

The helicopter pilot, according to Sheriffs, died during or shortly after impact. They say no one on the ground was injured. The pilot's name has not been released.

Sheriff's officials said the helicopter was contracted to a company that is conducting seismic exploration for Kinder Morgan. In the press release, Sheriffs noted that similar explorations have been done in Dolores County in the past year, without mishap. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will reportedly arrive at the scene Wednesday to investigate.