CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) -- Investigators say a Montana-based helicopter that crashed in Colorado, killing the pilot, was carrying a load suspended from a cable, and the load struck the ground just before the aircraft plummeted to earth.
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board dated Monday says the helicopter overshot the intended drop site when the load hit the ground.
The helicopter crashed July 16 in southwestern Colorado. County officials identified the pilot as AJ Blain of Billings, Mont. Officials say the helicopter was owned by Billings Flying Service.
The NTSB says the cable detached from the helicopter after the load hit the ground. The report says the helicopter then began a series of abrupt maneuvers and crashed while banking steeply to the left.
The report didn't list the cause.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus