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NTSB begins investigation into Missoula helicopter crash

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Apr 05 2014 04:57:56 PM MDT

NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) officials have confirmed for NBC Montana that the NTSB has started an investigation into Friday’s helicopter crash at Missoula International Airport. NTSB officials say they are working with the FAA on the investigation, and the cause of the crash is undetermined at this point.

Officials tell NBC Montana that the helicopter is a Bell 206 owned by Minuteman Aviation.  Officials say the two people on board walked away from the crash and refused medical attention. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Friday.

Officials say responding agencies included the Missoula Rural Fire Department and Airport Fire.

Airport officials say the helicopter was on its side following the crash.

Airport staff say there was a small fire visible at the scene after the impact, though it is not known if the blaze started before the crash or after.

Airport officials say Minuteman Aviation had been doing training on Friday.