NTSB blames Md. chopper crash on pilot error

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Posted: Oct 18, 2010 10:44 AM
NTSB blames Md. chopper crash on pilot error

The National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error was probably the cause of a helicopter crash on a western Maryland mountaintop that killed four people last year.

The final report released Oct. 6 says 24-year-old pilot Jeffrey Nordaas (NOR-dahss) exercised poor judgment when he chose to fly back to Frederick from Hagerstown on a dark night in adverse weather conditions on July 23, 2009.

The helicopter crashed onto Interstate 70 atop South Mountain near Boonsboro after hitting an unmarked, steel guy-wire.

Also killed were three passengers: 39-year-old George Tutor Jr., 48-year-old Kim Felix and 43-year-old Niall (NEE-all) Booth.