Preliminary Colorado Helicopter Crash Report Issued - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Preliminary Colorado Helicopter Crash Report Issued

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The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report for the helicopter crash, which claimed the life of a Billings pilot, is being released.

Investigators say the helicopter was carrying a load suspended from a cable. The aircraft passed the intended drop site when the cable detached and the load hit the ground. The NTSB says the helicopter then conducted a series of abrupt maneuvers before it crashed.

Last week's crash took the life of AJ Blain, a pilot with Billings Flying Service. The aircraft was in the area on a job for seismic exploration.

The report did not list a cause for the crash.