SW Mo. Authorities ID Helicopter Crash Victims

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago May 31, 2013 May 31, 2013 Friday, May 31 2013 Friday, May 31, 2013 11:22:02 AM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD - Authorities have identified two people killed in a helicopter crash last week in southwest Missouri.

Hickory County Coroner Connie Buller told The Springfield News-Leader that 21-year-old Catalina Richard of Collins, and 32-year-old William Higginbothan of Arizona were killed in the crash May 24. Higginbothan was the pilot.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said the helicopter took off from Wheatland on Friday, and the wreckage was found by Hickory County authorities early Saturday near Cross Timbers.

The FAA online registry says the helicopter was owned by Lucas Oil Products, of Corona, Calif. The crash investigation is being conducted by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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