5 useless in helicopter crash in New Mexico

They said the response was slow because of the rugged terrain and remote area, which has few roads.

A helicopter crash in New Mexico killed five people and seriously injuring a sixth person, a New Mexico State Police spokeswoman said Thursday.

Bennett was the treasurer-general of Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change - the opposition to President Mugabe - and was one of the strongest of Mugabe's opponents.

Despite being white, he spoke fluent Shona and won a devoted following of black Zimbabweans who referred to him as "Pachedu, ' meaning 'one of us" for his stance as a strong advocating for political change.

The group of friends, which also included Cobb's longtime partner Charles Burnett III, her father and co-pilot Paul Cobb and Bennett's wife Heather, were traveling to New Mexico to spend their vacation at Burnett's ranch when their Huey UH-1 went down Wednesday night.

This image taken from video shows an investigator photographing the scene near Raton, N.M., Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, where a helicopter crashed late Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

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Zimbabwean Opposition Politician Roy Bennett Dies In Helicopter Crash
Zimbabwean opposition politician among five people killed in US helicopter crash

Obert Gutu, spokesman for the MDC-T party, described Bennett's death as a "huge and tragic loss".

Also killed was pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd, 57, of Trinidad, Colorado.

Bennett survived a traumatic year in jail and death threats over his work.

This was because his British-built steam supercar reached an average speed of 139.8mph on two runs over a measured mile at the Edwards Air Force Base in California, beating a record that had stood for more than 100 years. "My condolences are extended to their family & friends". Cobb's wife, Martha, said the co-pilot survived being shot down the during the Vietnam War. Engulfed in flames, the wreckage of the helicopter registered to an aviation company linked to Burnett was spotted on a ranch.

According to the reports, in Zimbabwe, Tendai Biti, a prominent opposition leader and a former finance minister, tweeted that the Bennett's "tragic passing" was "a blow to our struggle".

Bennett was arrested in Zimbabwe in February 2009 shortly before he was to be sworn in as deputy agriculture minister in a shaky coalition government after being accused of funding a plot to topple Mugabe years earlier. He had spent 15 months in a Zimbabwean prison in 2004. Mugabe, who had repeatedly alleged Bennett was the opposition party's with foreign funders, refused to swear him in. He also criticized his former party for allegedly enjoying the comforts of government while ordinary Zimbabweans suffered.

  • Rogelio Becker