Report: Med chopper was low on fuel before crash

8 years 1 week 18 hours ago Wednesday, September 07 2011 Sep 7, 2011 Wednesday, September 07, 2011 5:29:00 PM CDT September 07, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A preliminary federal report shows a medical helicopter pilot reported being lower on fuel than he realized before the aircraft crashed in a field northeast of Kansas City. All four people on board were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Tuesday on the Aug. 26 crash of the LifeNet helicopter. The report says the pilot reported having two hours of fuel when he left from St. Joseph to retrieve a patient in the Harrison County town of Bethany. But while the chopper was on the pad at the Bethany hospital, the pilot reported he had less fuel than he originally thought.

He decided to stop en route for fuel and then proceed to Liberty Hospital to drop off his patient. But the chopper crashed about 30
minutes after takeoff.

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