Update: NTSB Investigating DEA Helicopter Crash

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Updated: 7/30/2013 12:43 am
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are expected Tuesday to begin looking into the cause of a DEA helicopter crash.

A DEA official and a Kentucky State Trooper are recovering after the helicopter they were in crashed late Monday morning in the Evanston community of Breathitt County.

Two the occupants of the helicopter were flying around eastern Kentucky looking for marijuana.

A man who said he saw the helicopter go down, said it appeared the chopper hit power lines and then crashed, but that it sounded like the aircraft may have been having engine problems prior to the power line hit.

The reported eyewitness said the pilot was on fire while still strapped in to the aircraft.  He said both occupants were burned.

The State Police and DEA did not release the name of either victim, but said neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

The two victims were taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, according to State Police.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials are also scheduled to visit the crash site to aid in the investigation.
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ChasHolman - 7/30/2013 2:03 AM
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The sooner we can get full legalization, the sooner these kids wont have to be up in the sky putting their lives at risk over some ancient war over a silly silly plant that will always be around.
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