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Investigators find severed cable near downed copter


CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Authorities probing a deadly helicopter crash in
northern Arizona have discovered a severed cable near the crash site and found
marks on the rotor blade consistent with hitting a cable.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board continued combing
through the wreckage Tuesday to find anything that might help determine what
caused crash over the weekend.

Board spokesman Eric Weiss says it could take up to a year to make that
determination. A preliminary report is due out soon.

He says the helicopter was found in a river in three main pieces _ the tail,
rotor and the body. A cable and pulley system sits about 50 feet above the
river.

Four people died in the crash, including the 70-year-old president and chief
executive of an Arizona restaurant group.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com