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Helicopter crash investigators have no answers yet

OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were back on the scene of the crash today and investigators say that the pilot was well-qualified and the helicopter was air-worthy. Right now, the cause of the accident remains a mystery.

Officials investigating the Oklahoma City medical helicopter crash aren’t any closer to knowing what happened Friday morning.

“It appears the first part of the flight was very routine, nothing that was out of the ordinary,” the lead NTSB investigator said. “At this time, we do not have any particular probable cause for the accident. The process will take some time.”

Two of the three passengers on their way to save another life lost their own. The pilot Mark Montgomery and nurse Chris Denning died on impact. Medic Billy Wynne, the sole survivor, was pulled from the wreckage by witnesses.

“He was transported in serious condition to critical condition with severe burns over his body,” the lead official said.

Officials spoke with one driver who saw a flash inside the helicopter just seconds before it started to descend. Investigators say there was no on-board recording device like a black box, but that’s not required for this helicopter. However, the NTSB says the satellite tracking info was normal and there are no reported radio distress calls that would indicate some sort of problem.

At a press conference Saturday, the lead investigator talked about the next steps.

“We’ve done detail inspections of the aircraft as it sits on the ground. At some point later this evening or tomorrow we will be moving the wreckage to a secure facility for a more detailed examination.”