ERIE, Colo. (AP) — A 2015 helicopter crash that killed two people in northern Colorado was caused by cracking in the helicopter’s rotor system. That’s according to a report released recently by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The federal investigators say that the crash near the Erie airport was caused by an in-flight break-up of the aircraft’s rotor system prompted by undetected fatigue cracking.READ MORE: Englewood Drinking Water Tests Positive For E. coli, Boil Order In Place
The crash killed flight instructor Alex Viola, a 23-year-old from Arkansas City, Kan. The crash also killed his student, 25-year-old Amy Wood of Boulder.READ MORE: 'I Know Some Of You Will Be Angry': Poudre School District Decides To Require Masks For All Students, Staff
The Denver Post first reported the NTSB’s conclusion.
The NTSB also cited the Enstrom 280FX’s design as a contributing factor to the helicopter’s crash. The aircraft was manufactured in 1985.MORE NEWS: Andrew Reineke Named Sole Suspect In Homicide, Shots Fired At Commerce City Officers
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