The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary investigation into last week’s deadly helicopter crash that killed four.
The SkyLife helicopter crashed last Thursday east of McFarland while transporting a patient from Porterville to Bakersfield.
The NTSB report does not add any new insight into why the helicopter went down but does confirm that it hit the ground in open, hilly terrain and that all major components were in the debris field.
The report also states that weather conditions were clear, and that pilot was operating under normal flying conditions.
A complete report could take as much as a year to complete.