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    Former NY cop and National Guard soldier who was one of two killed in Mercy Flight air ambulance crash during training mission

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    A retired New York State Police pilot and a flight instructor with Bell Helicopter were killed in a Mercy Flight air ambulance helicopter crash in upstate New York Tuesday, Your Content has learned.

    Retired NYS Police pilot James Sauer, 60, and flight instructor Stewart Dietrick of Texas, 60, died in a died in a helicopter crash in upstate New York on Tuesday.

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    The Mercy Flight air ambulance helicopter reportedly crashed in the town of Elba in Genesee County around 1 pm near Norton Road, state police said.

    Police the aircraft hit power lines on the way down, but do not believe that caused the crash – an investigation could take more than a month.

    ‘At this point we don’t know why the helicopter went down,’ Major Eugene Staniszewski said at an afternoon news conference held near the site Tuesday.

    Witness accounts suggest that the aircraft was experiencing engine trouble,‘according to The SUN.

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