NTSB Says Chopper that Crashed Near Norfork Dam Clipped Power Lines

SALESVILLE, AR - Federal investigators say a helicopter that crashed in northern Arkansas, killing two, struck a power line before going down.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Wednesday that a rotor blade on the Hughes 269B helicopter struck a power line before crashing July 15.

The accident killed pilot James Dean Evertsen of West Plains, Missouri, and passenger Randall J. Arthur of Marshfield, Missouri.

Arthur worked for Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative and was conducting an aerial inspection of the company's transmission line at the Norfork Dam.

Authorities have said they don't know what caused the helicopter to clip the power line and crash.

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