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“Pilot error” cause of helicopter crash

January 7, 2009 by Matt Loker 

A federal report blames pilot error for the May crash of a medical helicopter on the roof of a downtown Grand Rapids Hospital. The National Transportation Safety Board says the helicopter’s pilot failed to keep a safe distance from a radio tower atop the building. The NTSB final report was issued late last month. The helicopter crashed May 29, 2008, after the tail rotor struck the tower while taking off from a heliport atop Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. The pilot and a Federal Aviation Administration inspector aboard escaped without serious injury. No patients were aboard. (AP)

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