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Malfunctions Not Found in Canyon Copter Crash

THE NATION | IN BRIEF / ARIZONA

November 20, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

No signs of mechanical malfunction were found in the engine or in other wreckage from a sightseeing helicopter that crashed in the Grand Canyon in September, killing seven people, a report said.

Still, investigators haven't ruled out mechanical failure or pilot error as the cause, said Ted Lopatkiewicz, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

The helicopter was shuttling sightseers from the Grand Canyon's rim to the Colorado River below when a rotor blade struck the nearly vertical canyon wall.

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