DENVER -- A helicopter crashed
in western Colorado Monday, killing all three people aboard, authorities said.
Garfield County Sheriff's Deputy Ward
Stowe said his office could not immediately release the names of those killed
in the crash near Silt. Witnesses who
saw the crash believe the helicopter was carrying a crew inspecting
power lines, and that the helicopter
snagged a line, Stowe said.
The power lines were on a ridge spanning a ravine, CBS
Stowe said the helicopter bore no identifying marks, so it
wasn't immediately clear who owned it or who might have been operating it.
Federal Aviation Administration
spokesman Allen Kenitzer said that according to preliminary information, the helicopter was being used by a power company
for survey work and struck power lines before the crash.
Kenitzer said the FAA and the National
Transportation Safety Board were investigating.