Documents, photos released on Flagstaff midair collision

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UPDATE: JAN. 16:

FLAGSTAFF -- Federal safety investigators have released new documents concerning the June midair collision between two medical helicopters in Flagstaff that killed all seven aboard.

The National Transportation Safety Board documents include maintenance records, flight histories, photographs, toxicology reports, and interviews with controllers, company officials and the pilots' wives.

The helicopters collided June 29 less than a mile from Flagstaff Medical Center.

The documents indicate communications errors were factors in the crash. One pilot might not have known about the other flight and last check in with controllers when he was 15 minutes from landing, the documents said.

A date for the release of the determination of what caused the Flagstaff crash hasn't been announced.

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ORIGINAL REPORT:

FLAGSTAFF -- The Federal Aviation Administration released surveillance pictures of the final moments before two medical helicopters crashed in Flagstaff.

The two helicopters collided while approaching the helipad at Flagstaff Medical Center in June. Six people died in the crash. A seventh died days later from his injuries.

The pictures released Thursday show the two choppers in the air, flying toward one another, and moments later the two collided and fell to the ground.