FOUR first responders have been killed in a helicopter crash while they were tackling a wildfire.
The horrific incident happened Saturday night in Chapelle, New Mexico, about 52 miles northwest of Santa Fe.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of the Bell UH-1H helicopter.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) confirmed the chopper belonged to the department.
"Preliminary information indicates that 3 BCSO personnel and 1 Bernalillo County Fire employee were onboard at the time of the crash."
"There are no known survivors.
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"These personnel were headed back to Albuquerque after assisting fire crews with the East Mesa Fire," the Twitter post continued.
The agency identified the helicopter as "Metro 2."
The identities of the first responders that were killed have not been released.
Representatives from the sheriff’s office and New Mexico State Police (NMSP) responded to the scene.
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The sheriff's office also tweeted:
"Please keep these individuals and their families in your thoughts and prayers tonight. We need all the prayers we can get right now."
NMSP also revealed on social media that the Federal Aviation Administration is also involved in the investigation.
According to local Albuquerque, New Mexico outlet KRQE, "BCSO has frequently used its helicopter to provide aerial firefighting and other assistance across New Mexico, particularly this fire season."
"In the past several days, BCSO used the Metro 2 helicopter to fight a small fire in the East Mountains near Albuquerque, and the Atalaya Fire near Santa Fe," per the outlet.
Data from online flight tracker, FlightAware, show the chopper, with tail number N911SZ, had a last recorded position at about 2:32pm local time Saturday.
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Per KRQE, BCSO also has a second helicopter, N911ZZ, which was not involved in the firefighting operations.
The Sun reached out to BCSO for comment, but have not yet heard back.
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