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Medical helicopter crashes in New Mexico

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NEWKIRK, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a medical helicopter carrying three crew members has crashed in eastern New Mexico.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter disappeared from radar early Thursday morning and went down near Newkirk. Ranch workers found the wreckage after they were asked to look around.

New Mexico State Police didn't immediately disclose the conditions of the three crew members on board.

However, ranch manager Phil Bidegain (BIHD'-a-gehn) says he saw no survivors when he and another ranch employee found the burning wreckage on the side of a mesa.

The FAA said the cause of the crash is unknown. It said the helicopter was flying from Santa Fe to pick up a patient in Tucumcari (too-KUHM'-kehr-ee).

Bullhead City, Arizona-based TriState CareFlight LLC confirmed it owned and operated the helicopter.

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