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2 of 3 survivors of Tucson crash out of hospital

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Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 4:02 pm | Updated: 9:58 am, Wed Feb 2, 2011.

TUCSON — Two of three passengers who survived the crash of a Pima County Sheriff's Department helicopter northwest of Tucson are out of the hospital.

Sheriff's officials say 58-year-old Edwin Nettleton and 41-year-old Paul Panzica were released Tuesday while 64-year-old Larry Sayers remains in serious condition at University Medical Center.

Monday's crash killed the civilian pilot, 60-year-old Loren Leonberger. He had been with the sheriff's department since November 2008.

Panzica is an information technology employee for Pima County and Sayers an information technology consultant for the county. Nettleton is an architecture and building consultant.

The men were scouting in the Ironwood Forest National Monument for possible locations for radio communication towers when the Hughes 500 helicopter went down on the side of a mountain. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

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