- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Investigators say a helicopter that crashed during a training flight in northern Colorado, killing both people on board, lost its main rotor after coming in for a landing at a steep angle.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report says a witness heard a loud pop as the helicopter began to descend near the Erie airport Jan. 26. The report adds that the main rotor blades came off the Enstrom 280FX helicopter before it crashed and exploded.

A final report on the crash is expected to take several more months.

Erie-based Mountain One Helicopters identified the victims as 23-year-old instructor Alex Viola, of Arkansas City, Kansas; and 25-year-old student pilot Amy Wood, of Boulder. The company tells The Boulder Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/16ffDum ) it’s unclear who was flying.

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Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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