ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal investigator says a helicopter owned by Brim Aviation in Ashland, Ore., had only about 20 ounces of fuel on board when it crashed in West Texas last November.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Mitchell Gallo says the Hughes 369D rotorcraft's operating manual requires the helicopter to maintain a minimum of about two gallons of fuel. He says the helicopter's auxiliary fuel tank was empty.
The Ashland Daily Tidings reports (http://is.gd/14uvJm) the cause of the crash has not been determined. Gallo says there was a loss of engine power.
The Nov. 27 crash near Childress, Texas, occurred during work on some power lines.
Authorities say 23-year-old lineman Jonathan David Suhr of McLean, Texas, was killed. The pilot, 42-year-old Keith Hard, was treated and released.
Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com