NTSB gives preliminary report on fatal helicopter crash in Maplewood

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A preliminary investigative report has been released in regard to a fatal crash involving a Le Sueur-based helicopter company on June 19 in Maplewood that killed the pilot.

KEYC reports that according to the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) preliminary report, pilot Michael Kramer departed Flying Cloud Airport and flew to Maplewood to be loaded with 640 pounds of mosquito-control dry chemical. The chopper was loaded and then departed.

According to the NTSB, witnesses saw the helicopter lose altitude, turn or roll to the left, and then descend. Witnesses lost sight of the helicopter behind houses.

Kramer was spraying for mosquitoes in Maplewood back in June. The crash, the Star Tribune reported at the time, was the second fatality in the last few decades for Scott’s Helicopter Services, which owned the Bell 47 aircraft.

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