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Investigation into double fatal Mercy Flight crash will take months, says NTSB

Update: NTSB says investigation into Mercy Flight crash will take months

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) provided an update on Wednesday, April 28 on the Mercy Flight helicopter crash in Elba on Tuesday.

New York State Police Major Eugene Staniszewski said the helicopter crashed into power lines as it went down. There were multiple witnesses to the incident, according to WROC.  Weather is not considered a factor in the crash.

Two killed in Mercy Flight helicopter crash in Elba

A retired State Police and Army National Guard pilot was one of two people killed when a Mercy Flight helicopter crashed in Elba on Tuesday after taking off from the Genesee County Airport in Batavia.

60-year-old James Sauer of Churchville and 60-year-old Stewart M. Dietrick of Prosper, Texas were killed when the helicopter went down during a training exercise.

Sauer spent 40 years with the National Guard. Dietrick was a flight instructor with Bell Helicopter.

The cause of the accident has not been determined. Multiple investigative teams are on the scene.


ORIGINAL: Mercy Flight helicopter crashes in Genesee

A Mercy Flight helicopter has crashed in the town of Elba.

Mercy Flight is headquartered in Buffalo, New York with locations scattered across the region.

According to scanner traffic, the helicopter is said to have become caught in electrical lines along Norton Road.

As result of the wreck- the helicopter suffered serious damage.

No other information was immediately available. Check back for updates.