NTSB: Pilot Was Warned Before Helicopter Crash

NTSB: Pilot Was Warned Before Helicopter Crash

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The LifeFlight helicopter that crashed in heavy fog last year was sent on a mission aborted minutes earlier by an AirMed pilot because of poor visibility.

That's according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released this week.

The report says the crashed helicopter's pilot was warned three times about the fog.

One of the warnings came from the AirMed pilot, who had already turned back his flight to the same accident because visibility was just a fraction of a mile.

But LifeFlight pilot Craig Bingham did not receive that warning until he was already in the air.

According to cockpit transcripts, Bingham expressed frustration when he heard that he had been called out on a mission aborted by another pilot.

In January 2003, pilot Craig Bingham and paramedic Mario Guerrero died in the LifeFlight crash. Flight nurse Stein Rosqvist suffered severe injuries.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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