NTSB Investigating Fatal Tour Sightseeing Helicopter Crash

By Peter DePaolis

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the fatal helicopter crash that occurred earlier this month near Las Vegas, Nevada. The crash killed all four passengers in addition to the helicopter pilot, according to an NTSB spokesperson.

What the NTSB knows at this point is that the helicopter made a sharp climb and several sharp turns before crashing into a canyon near the Colorado River. The craft crashed from an altitude of about 3,500 feet, killing all five passengers instantly. An NTSB spokesperson said it is difficult to determine a cause at this point because the helicopter’s flight pattern before impact was too erratic.

By all accounts, the helicopter underwent routine maintenance the day before the fatal accident. Investigators said it had an engine replacement the day before the accident.

The NTSB is working with the French agency BEA because the helicopter was manufactured in France. Investigators from the two agencies are gathering pieces of the helicopter and transporting them to Phoenix for further examination. It could take up to one year for a full report on the helicopter crash, commented the NTSB spokesperson.

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Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.