Pilot error blamed for JBLM helicopter collision

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- An investigation into December's collision of two helicopters from Joint Base Lewis-McChord cites pilot and air traffic control errors and "dark spots" in aviation communication.

The initial investigation by Lewis-McChord's 16th Combat Aviation Brigade says one pilot of a Kiowa helicopter should have seen and avoided the other. Four soldiers were killed in the crash in rural Thurston County.

The News Tribune reports (http://is.gd/aemj8o ) the crash is still under investigation by the Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Lewis-McChord has 143 copters in its active-duty fleet.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com