SAN DIEGO (AP) – Military investigators say an improperly installed filter cap contributed to a Marine Corps helicopter crash at a California base that killed the Marine pilot and her co-pilot, but they stopped short of say there was any wrongdoing.
The Marine Corps Times in a story Sunday detailed the report of the probe into the Jan. 23 accident near the Twentynine Palms base that killed the pilot, Maj. Elizabeth Kealey, and the co-pilot, Capt. Adam Satterfield. The newspaper obtained the report through a Freedom of Information Act request.
At the time, Kealey was a captain and Satterfield a first lieutenant assigned to Marine Light Attack Squadron 169. Both were posthumously promoted.
Investigators cited numerous missteps, including an improperly installed filter cover that allowed the transmission to dump its oil during the flight.
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