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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

Jesse Paul | Denver Post
A view of the crash scene from a trail behind St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.
Ben Trollinger / btrollinger@summitdaily.com

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.”

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/28/flight-for-life-crash-caused-by-hydraulic-issue/


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