Main Rotor Eyed In CareFlite Crash

By Staff Writer | June 4, 2010
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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are saying that the main rotor of the Bell 222U that crashed Wednesday near Midlothian, Texas may have separated during flight. CareFlite chief pilot Guy Del Giudice, 44, and mechanic Stephen Durler, 23, died in the crash, which occurred during a routine maintenance operation. According to Tom Latson, NTSB investigator, CareFlite mechanics replaced key components the rotor system just prior to the helicopter taking off from Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (GPM) shortly before 2:00 p.m. NTSB had a 10-person team onsite Thursday, with assistance from FAA, Bell Helicopter and Honeywell, the engine manufacturer.
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