(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Federal investigators have wrapped up their work in last week’s deadly helicopter crash near Lake Mead.  The wreckage will be removed from the site today.  A preliminary report is expected later this month, but a final report on the accident could take months to complete.  The National Transportation Safety Board says no recording devices were on board the AS 350 chopper, which was operated by Sundance Helicopters.  Officials say the copter underwent routine flight maintenance a day before Wednesday’s crash.

The coroner’s office has identified all five victims.  Thirty-one-year-old pilot Landon Nield of Las Vegas, 49-year-old passengers Tamara and Delwin Chapman of Utica, Kansas, and a newlywed couple from New Delhi, India, all died from blunt force trauma and thermal injuries.


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