NTSB: No Mechanical Problems with Maine Helicopter

August 19, 2009

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board on the emergency landing of a helicopter in Maine says there were no mechanical problems reported before the crash.

WCSH reports the NTSB states a representative of the pilot, Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Scotland, said Laidlaw left his helipad-equipped yacht around 4:50 p.m. Aug. 1 and was flying about 400 feet above the sea. The report says when Laidlaw tried to maneuver the plane, it began to lose altitude. The helicopter landed off Little Deer Isle

Laidlaw, a member of Britain’s House of Lords, has a private pilot certificate for helicopters and single-engine planes.

According to the NTSB, his most recent medical certificate was issued on June 4.

The report states Laidlaw deployed the emergency flotation devices on the skids of the helicopter.

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