Flight For Life helicopter crash in Frisco that killed pilot was caused by hydraulic issue, NTSB finds
Pilot Patrick Mahany, of Silverthorne, had started as a Flight for Life pilot in 1987
The crash of a Flight For Life helicopter in Frisco that killed its pilot and seriously hurt two passengers in July 2015 was likely caused by a preventable hydraulic issue that stemmed from a pre-flight maintenance check, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
Federal investigators also found that the fiery crash was survivable, but that since the helicopter wasn’t equipped with a crash-resistant fuel system, a post-impact blaze made it lethal.
The NTSB said, too, that if the pilot, 64-year-old Patrick Mahany, had completed a “hover check” while lifting off from the ground — as is procedure — “he would have identified the (hydraulic issue) at an altitude that could have afforded a safe landing.”
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