Both pilots to blame for crash of medical choppers

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NTSB: Both pilots to blame for deadly medical helicopter crash - A federal probe into the midair collision of two medical helicopters near a northern Arizona hospital that killed seven people last year places the blame on both pilots.

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FLAGSTAFF -- A federal probe into the midair collision of two medical helicopters near a northern Arizona hospital that killed seven people last year places the blame on both pilots.

The National Transportation Safety Board report released on Friday says the pilots failed to see and avoid each other, a primary pilot responsibility. Contributing to that error were one pilot's failure to contact the hospital's communications center as required and the other pilot's decision to approach from the south instead of along the normal flight path from the east.

The two helicopters were approaching Flagstaff Medical Center on the afternoon of June 30, each carrying a patient. They hit about a half-mile from the hospital and crashed into a forested area. All seven aboard the two aircraft died.

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