NTSB Investigators Search For Clues In OKC Helicopter Crash


Saturday, February 23rd 2013, 1:54 pm
By: News 9


Because of the approaching storm, crews scrambled to get the wreckage from Friday's EagleMed helicopter crash loaded up and taken away on Saturday.

Investigators will now examine the parts closely as they try to piece together what caused the deadly crash and explosion.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board did release new information Saturday. Investigators wrapped up their on-site investigation and hauled the charred wreckage of the Euro-copter to a secure location where they'll continue combing over it for more evidence of what went wrong.

Investigators told News 9 they're looking at all the equipment in the chopper, interviewing eye-witnesses, and looking at if the weather played a part in it. The NTSB team will examine everything from the engine to the fuel tanks to the integrity of the seats inside the chopper, looking for any clues that might answer what went wrong Friday morning.

At least one witness tells investigators the helicopter went down after he saw a flash come out of it. The crash killed the pilot and an on-board nurse. Nurses at a nearby retirement center and others on the ground ran toward the helicopter and pulled out medic Billy Wynne before it exploded. At last check he was in critical care, and unable to talk with the NTSB.

The NTSB lead investigator told News 9 it will be days if not weeks before we know what happened. His team arrived late Saturday night and will work through Sunday, trying to search for clues.

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