October 22, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) - Federal investigators plan to reconstruct the wreckage of a fatal helicopter crash to determine what caused the aircraft to fall into a busy intersection near Seattle's Space Needle.
The National Safety Transportation Board's Dennis Hogenson on Wednesday said a team from Illinois-based Helicopters, Inc., which owned the aircraft, is in the state assisting with the probe.
Investigators are poring over pilot, maintenance and company records, and will recreate the crash scene to look for anomalies. Wreckage from the helicopter has been moved to a hangar about 30 miles south of Seattle.
A preliminary report in expected in several days. A fuller report could take up to a year.
A pilot and a news photographer aboard the KOMO-TV helicopter were killed. A man on the ground was in serious condition Wednesday.