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Sheriff, NTSB release details on helicopter crash

Remains of the Hughes 369 helicopter which crashed in Carbon County on July 19. According Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova, his officers will close off the area, approximately one half mile northwest of the Carbon airport, for at least the next two days to allow the National Transportation Safety Board time to conduct their investigation.
Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova and National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Patrick Jones address the media at a press conference on July 20. While neither Codova or Jones would give any speculation as to the circumstances surrounding the crash, they did identify the three victims.

Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova, along with National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Patrick Jones, conducted a press conference at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to give further insight into a July 19 helicopter crash in Carbon County.

Cordova reported that James Ian Innes, 59, of Salt Lake City; his son Andrew Innes, 30, of Park City and their friend George McDanials, 40 of Idaho Falls all perished in the incident which took place approximately one-half mile northwest of the Carbon County airport.

NTSB official Jones reported that his organization along with the Federal Aviation Administration will conduct a full investigation into the crash.

"It will take at least five to six days before a preliminary report is posted on our website," said Jones.

The NTSB's website can be found at www.ntsb.gov. A full account of the press conference will be printed in the July 22 edition of the Sun Advocate.




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