Report: No mechanical failure before copter crash

Mass Casualties Posted on

Federal investigators say they've found no evidence that mechanical failure was the cause of a medical helicopter crash earlier this month that killed a 1-year-old patient and three crew members.

The helicopter's flight controls, engines and drive system showed no sign of malfunction just before the Oct. 15 crash in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Thursday.

The report does not address what might have caused the late-night accident, but at least one helicopter safety expert said the NTSB narrative leaves little doubt pilot error is to blame.

The helicopter clipped a radio tower guy wire, crashed into a nearby field and burst into flames. The NTSB has said that still images from a security camera a few miles away from the crash site show the tower's upper and lower lights were flashing at the time.

"This is a clear case of a pilot losing situational awareness, not realizing where he was," Gary C. Robb, an aviation lawyer in Kansas City, Mo., said Thursday after reading the NTSB's report. "This is a clear pilot mistake."

Legal News Media

Legal News is the top headline legal news provider for lawyers and legalprofessionals. Read law articles and breaking news from law firm's across the United States to get the latest updates. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of the site at any time. Your This site is solely for your personal use. You are, of course, welcome to print or otherwise copy material from this site for your personal use. However, you may not distribute, exchange, modify, sell or transmit anything you copy from this Site, including but not limited to any text, images, audio and video, for any business, commercial or public purpose. Any unauthorized use of the text, images, audio and video may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity and civil and criminal statutes.


American Bar Association – Start and Run a Law Firm – Starting a Law Firm

Lawyer Website Designs