Patrol Chopper Crash Caused by Lack of Fuel
ST. LOUIS - The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that a fatal Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter crash in 2010 happened because the chopper ran out of fuel.
The NTSB released a report Friday on the Oct. 15, 2010, crash in a neighborhood of Clarkson Valley, a St. Louis suburb. Patrol Sgt. Joe Schuengel, the pilot and lone passenger, died.
The report blamed the pilot's "inadequate preflight planning and decision-making." Schuengel's helicopter narrowly missed homes and no one on the ground was hurt.
The report also cited the pilot's improper judgment in flying with what the NTSB called disqualifying medical conditions -- history of depression, anxiety and obstructive sleep apnea.
A patrol spokesman says several changes have been made concerning training and fuel requirements since the accident.