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One dead, one in critical condition after helicopter crash near Red Rock Canyon

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Multiple agencies responded to a helicopter crash on SR-159 near the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center Wednesday afternoon.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Buratczuk, two people were on board the aircraft, tail number N225JM, and were transported to the University Medical Center Trauma Center in critical condition.

Around 7:41 p.m. Wednesday evening, NHP confirmed that the pilot of the helicopter has died.

The Clark Coroner's Office identified the person killed as 53-year-old Scott Socquet of Milford, Connecticut. Cause and manner of death will be released by the coroner's office at a later date.

The FAA registry showed only seven of the aircraft flown, a Robinson R-44 are registered in Nevada.

News 3 learned the helicopter was leased to Airwork Las Vegas, a flight school based out of North Las Vegas. They refused to comment on the incident.

Authorities announced they will provide additional details at a media staging at West Tech High School when the situation was "stabilized".

The road was closed off in both directions between Sky Vista Drive and Red Rock Visitors Center. It was expected to be closed for several hours while crews investigated.

Police advised motorists to use Moenkopi Road which can be accessed from Blue Diamond Road on SR-159.

The FAA and NTSB will be assisting in the crash investigation.