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.

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by DAN JOLING, Associated Press

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.

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