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Enstrom helicopters to be inspected following fatal crash: FAA

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.


February 19, 2015
By The Associated Press

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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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