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Co-Pilot Disputes NTSB Report

By Staff Writer | December 13, 2010
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William Coultas, the co-pilot in a 2008 Carson Helicopters-operated crash of a Sikorsky S-61 in Oregon, is claiming that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) came to the wrong conclusions about what caused the helicopter to fall from the sky. Loss of power in one of the engines led to the accident, he claims—not the helicopter being overweight or the lack of FAA oversight, as NTSB asserted in its probable cause released last week. Coultas and the family of the pilot who died in the crash, Roark Schwanenberg, are suing General Electric, Sikorsky and Columbia Helicopters. Nine firefighters died in the accident, which happened shortly after takeoff on Aug. 5, 2008 near Weaverville, Calif.
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