Victims ID'd in Lino Lakes helicopter crash

Deadly helicopter crash in Lino Lakes

LINO LAKES, Minn. - Authorities have identified two people killed in a helicopter crash last Thursday.

Authorities say Matthew Hayes, 48 and Deborah Smith, 47, died in the crash which happened shortly after 5:30 p.m. on October 6th near Sunset Avenue and 125th Ave NE in Lino Lakes. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office has said Hayes was from Minneapolis and Smith was from Blaine.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office says both died of "multiple blunt force injuries."

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Blaine Police Department, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continue to investigate the crash.

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The preliminary investigation revealed the helicopter was a 1982 Fairchild Hiller FH-1100 and that it had been flying earlier that day without any issues.

Authorities are asking that if anyone finds debris from the wreckage to turn it into investigators.


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