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HELICOPTER CRASH
(2007-10-03)
(wgvu) - - 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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