Survivor recounts New Mexico helicopter crash in NTSB report

FILE--This Jan. 19, 2018, file image taken from video shows an investigator photographing the scene near Raton, N.M., where a helicopter crashed. The lone survivor of a New Mexico helicopter crash last month that killed five people, including key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett, recalls that the aircraft hit the ground with a loud bang before rolling forward and coming to a stop upside down.(AP Photo/Peter Banda, file)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The lone survivor of a New Mexico helicopter crash last month that killed five people, including key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett, recalls that the aircraft hit the ground with a loud bang before rolling forward and coming to a stop upside down.

Andra Cobb, of Texas, also says the wreck ignited a fire that set off explosions in the moments after the crash on a grassy plain east of Raton. Her account was detailed in a National Transportation Safety Board report released Tuesday.

The preliminary report does not indicate what may have caused the crash. A full investigative report isn’t expected for months.

Authorities say the crash claimed the lives of Bennett, his wife, Heather, wealthy businessman Charles Burnett III, pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd and co-pilot Paul Cobb.