Feds release preliminary report on helicopter crash | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Feds release preliminary report on helicopter crash

MINDEN – A preliminary report on the fatal crash of a helicopter on Tuesday revealed little new information.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on the crash that killed Kingsbury Grade resident Patrick Charles Samal, 41, was released on Friday.

The report records the scene of the crash on Ted Bacon’s Jubilee Ranch field near the intersection of Foothill and Muller lanes.

According to the report, the Robinson R44 II helicopter crashed at 8:02 a.m., about seven minutes after he left Minden-Tahoe Airport on his way home.

A Federal Aviation Administration accident coordinator responded to the scene and found debris covering 100 yards. A 4-foot section off the tail boom and tail rotor were found 60 yards from the main wreckage.

The report reveals that Samal fueled the helicopter in Minden on Feb. 2 and again in Madera, Calif., Feb. 5.

Services for Samal were held Feb. 8 in Carson City.

Samal was the president of A-1 Industries in Redwood City, Calif. He owned a private aircraft based at the airport.

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