CLAYTON, N.M. (KRQE) - Video of a helicopter crash in New Mexico is spreading across the Internet, even on network television.
Crew members for a new reality TV show held on and hoped for the best, capturing the terrifying event on not one, but three cameras.
“We got up in the air, everything was just perfect for 30 or 40 minutes,” Jeron Detty said.
Then, in a matter of seconds, it was anything but perfect.
A helicopter carrying four people slammed into the ground near Clayton on Aug. 24.
“My whole goal was to just get everyone out of the helicopter as soon as possible,” Detty said.
Detty, an Ohio outdoorsman, was traveling with TV host Becky Lou Lacock of Texas, a cameraman and the pilot.
The group was filming a hunting trip for a new TV show.
With the helicopter in pieces, the cameraman and Becky Lou can be heard in the video expressing pain. Detty tries to calm them, telling them to relax and breathe.
“As far as the severity of the situation, we were all beyond lucky to walk out and have no more injuries than what we did,” Detty said.
Lacock had some lacerations and a broken knuckle. The three men on board suffered bruised and broken ribs.
Detty says getting help was tough. Cell service was spotty and hard to come by.
The Union County Sheriff's Office responded and the crew was treated in Clayton.
“They were all great,” Detty said of first responders. “For as rural an area it is, they were very quick to respond.”
Detty's first trip to the Land of Enchantment may have been a rough one, but it won't be his last one.
“I would say this will probably be an annual event, minus the helicopter crash.”
The FAA is investigating the crash along with the Union County Sheriff's Department. A local pilot who flies the same kind of helicopter says it appears the pilot was flying too low and too slow, and that there were too many people on board.
This past weekend, three people riding in the same type of helicopter weren't so lucky. They died after they struck a power line and crashed near Truth or Consequences.
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