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NTSB TO MEET ON 2008 U.S. FOREST SERVICE CONTRACT FIREFIGHTING HELICOPTER CRASH IN WEAVERVILLE, CALIFORNIA



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                       NTSB ADVISORY

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National Transportation Safety Board

Washington, DC 20594

 

December 1, 2010

 

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NTSB TO MEET ON 2008 U.S. FOREST SERVICE CONTRACT

FIREFIGHTING HELICOPTER CRASH IN WEAVERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public

Board meeting on Tuesday, December 7, at 9:30 a.m., in its

Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W.,

Washington, D.C.

 

There is one item on the agenda. The Board will consider a

final report on the following accident:

 

*     On August 5, 2008, a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter

(N612AZ), impacted trees and terrain during the

initial climb after takeoff, located at an elevation

of about 6,000 feet in mountainous terrain near

Weaverville, California. Impact forces and a post-

crash fire destroyed the helicopter, which was being

operated by the U.S. Forest Service as a public flight

to transport firefighters and was contracted with

Carson Helicopters, Inc. As a result of this accident,

nine occupants were fatally injured and four were

seriously injured.

 

A live and archived webcast of the proceedings will be

available on the Board's website at www.ntsb.gov. Technical

support details are available under "Board Meetings." To

report any problems, please call 703-993-3100 and ask for

Webcast Technical Support.

 

A summary of the Board's final report, which will include

findings, probable cause and safety recommendations, will

appear on the website shortly after the conclusion of the

meeting. The entire report will appear on the website

several weeks later.

 

NEW TEMPORARY DIRECTIONS (due to ongoing construction) to

the NTSB Board Room: Front door located on Lower 10th

Street, directly below L'Enfant Plaza. From Metro, exit

L'Enfant Plaza station at 7th and D Streets escalator, turn

left, cross 7th Street, walk a half block, take stairs on

left and walk into the entrance marked La Promenade, walk

through shopping mall, turn right at florist shop, see the

CVS store (on the left) and take escalator (on the right)

down one level. The Board room will be to your left.

 

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bridget.serchak@xxxxxxxx

 

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