March 20, 2014
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Josh Cawthra examines the tail rotor drive shaft of wreckage from the news helicopter that crashed March 18 in Seattle. Federal investigators plan to reconstruct the wreckage of a fatal helicopter accident to determine what caused the aircraft to crash at a busy intersection near Seattle's Space Needle, killing two men on board and seriously burning a third on the ground.
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SEATTLE — The challenge of determining what caused a fatal helicopter crash near the Space Needle that killed two men on board and burned a third on the ground is complicated by the fire that charred much of the wreckage, a federal investigator says.