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Posted at 8:57 AM ET, 07/30/2010

Md. helicopter crash ruled accidental

By Washington Post editors

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that a helicopter crash that killed four people along Interstate 70 near Boonsboro last summer was accidental.

The report released this week says visibility was difficult because it was nighttime and there was fog in the mountainous terrain near the top of South Mountain late on July 23, 2009. Investigators did not find any mechanical malfunctions in the engine from before the crash.

The report states that the helicopter clipped and broke an unmarked, steel guy-wire about 70 feet above I-70. Witnesses said the helicopter struck a power line and burst into flames.

The crash killed the 24-year-old pilot, Jeffrey Nordaas of Columbia, and three passengers, 43-year-old Niall Booth of New Market, 39-year-old George Tutor Jr. of Westminster and 48-year-old Kim Felix of New Market.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 8:57 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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