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July 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Helicopter crash-lands in Puget Sound off Kingston

Update 6:55 p.m. The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has offered more details about Saturday’s helicopter crash near Kingston. There were three people, the male pilot and two women, aboard the helicopter that crashed into the Puget Sound. The pilot, a 79-year-old man from Kirkland, and a woman whose age and city of residence weren’t released were treated by medics on scene. The…


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July 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Small plane crashes in Fall City this morning, killing pilot

King County sheriff’s deputies walk near the wreckage of a plane that crashed at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course this morning. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)     Update, 10:45 a.m.: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said this morning that it could take up to 10 days before they release investigatory details into why a single-engine…


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March 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

NTSB: Tonight’s report to describe helicopter-crash video

Update| 9:08 p.m.: The report was just released, and details will be posted shortly on Original post: The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on Tuesday’s KOMO-TV helicopter crash will include a description of surveillance footage showing the incident, according to a spokesman. The one-page report is scheduled to be released at 9 p.m. today. “We got a lot…


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June 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

NTSB update: Trucker in bridge collapse felt crowded, moved right

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. | The truck driver whose tall load triggered the collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River told investigators he felt crowded by a passing truck and moved toward his right — where the clearance was only 14′ 8″ or about 13 inches shorter than the truck’s load. The National Transportation Safety…


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May 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Interview with pilot car driver to be rescheduled, NTSB says

By Kate Martin Skagit Valley Herald / MCT The National Transportation Safety Board was unable Wednesday to interview the driver of the pilot car of a tractor-trailer that caused the collapse of the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge on May 23. The interview will be rescheduled, NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said yesterday. The pilot car was leading the tractor-trailer hauling an…


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May 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Feds’ next move: interview Skagit bridge pilot-car driver

The driver of a pilot car related to the Skagit Bridge collapse will be interviewed Wednesday, federal investigators said.

An update from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this afternoon added few new details, but the pilot-car angle will be crucial to figuring out why a truck load hit several overhead crossbeams on the I-5 Skagit River bridge. The impact caused one of four steel-truss spans to fall into the river, cutting off the freeway corridor for 71,000 vehicles a day.

The truck driver said he heard no warning from the pilot car immediately before the crash, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said Saturday. Pilot cars are required by state law to have a pole three to six inches higher than the load, to help detect danger.

Washington State Patrol detectives briefly interviewed the pilot car driver right after the crash. They gathered contact information to follow-up, but didn’t impound the pilot car as evidence.

“With everything going on, they just didn’t have time,” said Trooper Mark Francis, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. The detectives moved instead to other tasks such as interviewing the truck driver and taking measurements, Francis said.


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