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Enstrom helicopters to be inspected following fatal crash: FAA

February 19, 2015  By The Associated Press

Feb. 19, 2015, Denver, Co. - The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded more than 300 Enstrom helicopters nationwide until they can be inspected for cracks like the one that may have caused a deadly Colorado crash.

In an emergency directive issued Thursday, the FAA said the
investigation into the Jan. 26 crash so far indicates that the
helicopter's rotor blade came off because of a crack in the spindle,
which holds the rotor blade in place.

The crash killed Alex Viola, a 23-year-old flight
instructor from Arkansas City, Kansas, and Amy Wood, a 25-year-old
student pilot from Boulder.

A representative for Michigan-based Enstrom didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.


The lawyer for Viola's family, Gary
Robb, praised the FAA for acting quickly to try to prevent further
crashes. He plans to sue the company.


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