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Helicopter Crash
(2007-10-02)
(wgvu) - CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) - Federal transportation investigators think
they know what caused a helicopter crash that killed Chelsea's
police chief and fire captain.
Forty-three-year-old police Chief Scott Sumner and 28-year-old
fire Captain Matt Tuttle were aboard Tuttle's private helicopter
when it went down in Washtenaw County in April 2006.
They were searching for a man who ran from a traffic stop.
A National Transportation Safety Board report says water was
found in the helicopter's carburetor. A sample taken from Tuttle's
fuel tank at his home also turned up a layer of water and sediment.
Investigators concluded that water found its way into the tank,
which was used in the helicopter, causing the engine to fail and
crash.
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