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Few Details Revealed in Helicopter Crash Report
A preliminary report by federal investigators on the crash of an Alaska State Trooper helicopter gives few clues regarding the cause.
ANCHORAGE - A preliminary report by federal investigators on the crash of an Alaska State Trooper helicopter gives few clues regarding the cause.
The crash April 30 killed 55-year-old pilot Mel Nading, 40-year-old Trooper Tage Toll, and an injured snowmobiler they had picked up, 56-year-old Carl Ober of Talkeetna.
The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report was filed Wednesday.
The helicopter crashed 5.6 miles east of Talkeetna on a flight that should have taken only about five minutes from the snowmobiler's pickup site to medics waiting in the town.
The crash and a fire destroyed the helicopter.
Investigators recovered a cockpit imaging and flight data monitoring device.
The report says a global positioning system also was recovered and the devices will be sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Laboratory in Washington, D.C.