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The Arizona Public Service-leased helicopter was shuttling five people to Flagstaff for a meeting after taking off from Scottsdale about 9 a.m.

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Helicopter crashes west of Payson

Authorities say it is lucky everyone walked away Wednesday after a helicopter pilot made an emergency landing west of Payson. This is the fifth aircraft crash in Rim Country in the past year, the most seen in more than 30 years, said Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

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