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Coast Guard issues report on Alaska copter crash
Coast Guard report: Failure by pilots to perform duties contributed to deadly Alaska crash
By The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) ' The Coast Guard's final report on a fatal 2010 helicopter crash finds that lack of communication in the aircraft and a failure by the pilot and co-pilot to properly perform their duties contributed to the crash.

The report from Vice Commandant Sally Brice-O'Hara was released Monday.

It finds that lack of markings on the power transmission lines the helicopter crashed into may also have contributed.



Three Coast Guard members were killed when the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flying from Oregon to the crew's base in Alaska hit the low-hanging wires and crashed off the Washington coast. The co-pilot, Lt. Lance Leone, was the lone survivor.

He faced charges, including negligent homicide, but those were recently dismissed.

The report makes recommendations intended to prevent this kind of accident in the future.


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