January 3, 2016 -
The Cochise County Sheriff Office returns
to the sky after the crash of the departments
helicopter on New Years Eve in 2014, that killed
the pilot and his passenger. “It’s nice to be
back in the air” said Sheriff Mark Dannels.
On December 31, 2014, Cochise Sheriff's
helicopter, Cochise One, a Bell 206 helicopter (N57AW) had departed VFR from Glendale, Arizona for Sierra Vista,
Arizona. The helicopter
was being flown to
Sierra Vista for
The Bell 206 was piloted by retired Glendale
Police Officer, Jeff Steele, his passenger, a
pilot rated mechanic, Mark Hansen were killed
when Cochise One collided with the terrain about
7 miles west of Benson, Arizona.