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  • Fatal Mistakes: Report points to causes of 2008 helicopter crash

    Federal report sheds new light on the 2008 helicopter crash that killed 9 people
  • Carson Helicopters' deliberate understatement of the weight of its Sikorsky aircraft and lapses in safety oversight by federal agencies led to the Aug. 5, 2008, crash that killed nine people — including seven firefighters from Jackson and Josephine counties — a federal transportation board has concluded.
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  • Carson Helicopters' deliberate understatement of the weight of its Sikorsky aircraft and lapses in safety oversight by federal agencies led to the Aug. 5, 2008, crash that killed nine people — including seven firefighters from Jackson and Josephine counties — a federal transportation board has concluded.
    The National Transportation Safety Board released its 500-page final report Tuesday on the Northern California crash during an all-day meeting in Washington, D.C.
    NTSB investigators said Merlin-based Carson Helicopters deliberately understated the helicopter's weight by more than 1,000 pounds in order to make it appear the aircraft could safely carry a heavier payload. That helped the firm win a Forest Service firefighting contract, they said.
    NTSB has alerted the Department of Transportation's inspector general that Carson's actions may merit a criminal investigation, board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said.
    In a statement made available Tuesday afternoon, Carson Helicopters indicated that faulty fuel parts and other issues were responsible for the crash. The firm also laid the blame for deliberately underestimating the weight of the aircraft on the actions of an unnamed single manager.
    The parents of fallen firefighters called for holding Carson accountable for its role in the crash.
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