Monday, June 5, 2017

Donald Lee Oppliger Of Amarillo Killed In Crash

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, the Castro Co. Sheriff's office received a call just after 8 a.m. from the Parmer County Sheriff's office about a possible helicopter crash in Castro County.

When emergency responders arrived, the crash was found in the southwestern area of Castro County, in a wheat field, about a half mile south of the 200 block of County Road 623.

The pilot of the helicopter, 68-year-old Donald Lee Oppliger of Amarillo, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

According to the Eastern New Mexico News, Parmer Co. Sheriff Randy Geries said Oppliger was the only person in the plane and his son reported him missing. One of Oppliger's employees found the crash site not long after a search began.

An autopsy has been ordered and there is no word on what caused the crash.


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