MAYER, AZ - Officials said there are no survivors after a helicopter crashed in northern Arizona Saturday afternoon.
Battalion Fire Chief Michael McGhee of the Mayer Fire Department said the civilian UH-1V helicopter crashed around noon near Mayer, Ariz., which is approximately 73 miles north of Phoenix.
Mayer is located north of Black Canyon City and northwest of Cordes Lakes.
Fire officials said there are no survivors, but it is unclear how many passengers may have been on board.
McGhee said the helicopter crashed nose first along the I-17 near Mile Post 268.
Adam Soto and his brother were out target shooting when they heard the helicopter making some strange noises.
"And I looked up, and it was almost like the helicopter was at a standstill, almost wasn't moving," Soto said. "And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, look at that.' And then my brother looked up and he was like, ‘Whoa.' And the next thing we knew, it turned over and took a nose dive straight down."
Adam said it got eerily quiet after the crash.
He called 911 as they tried to get closer to the crash site to help. Soto said rescue crews showed up pretty quickly from there.
"It was nothing like I had ever seen before. It wasn't a lot of fire, kind of a small fire but a lot of black smoke. It smelled like jet fuel, it smelled really bad. Parts of the helicopter all around, big parts, little parts," Soto said.
According to FAA records the helicopter is registered out of Cave Creek.