Peoria officers id'd as couple killed in chopper crash

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BLACK CANYON CITY - Two Peoria police officers have been identified as having been onboard the experimental chopper that crashed near Black Canyon City.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says Peoria Police Officer Mike Gauchat and police Services Officer Donna Cullum were killed in the crash on Friday. 3TV has learned that the couple was dating for about a year.

The experimental helicopter, built from a kit, made by the Safari Company crashed into some rough terrain just west of Interstate-17.

The cause remains under investigation. Now the Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB will be looking into the cause of the deadly crash.

Accounts have been set up for both victims. For Donna Cullum you can go to any Desert Schools Credit Union and say you want to donate to the Donna Cullum Memorial Account. For Mike Gauchet donate to the 100 Club of Arizona by mail at 5033 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015 or online at

A memorial service for is planned for Saturday.