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No distress call in medical helicopter crash

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NTSB says no distress call was made from the crew before helicopter crash. Photo: NBC NTSB says no distress call was made from the crew before helicopter crash. Photo: NBC
FRESNO, Calif. -

The lead investigator of a medical helicopter crash that killed four people in California says there was no distress call from the crew before it went down amid heavy rain and fog.
    
Joshua Cawthra of the National Transportation Safety Board gave a briefing Friday on the first findings of the investigation.
    
He said his team is still gathering information on weather and mechanics and had nothing to say about how they have contributed to the Thursday night crash.
    
He said it does not appear that the many power lines in the area had any effect.
    
Cawthra said investigators are also looking at the pilot's training and history.
    
He says the perishable evidence is being collected before the helicopter is moved to a Sacramento warehouse for the long-term investigation.

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