An investigation into the events surrounding a helicopter crash that took place last week in waters off Abaco and left no survivors is set to begin today in Jacksonville, Florida, Air Accident Investigation Department Chief Investigator Delvin Major said yesterday.
In the early hours of July 4, American billionaire Christopher Cline and six other people were killed after the helicopter they were on crashed two miles off his private island, Big Grand Cay.
Police identified the remaining victims as Cline’s daughter, Kameron Nicole Cline, Geoffrey Lee Painter, Brittney Layne Searson, Jillian Nicole Clarke, David Jude and Wykyle Delaney Lee.
Major said the helicopter had departed Grand Cay and was en route to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when it crashed. He said search and rescue efforts began after the aircraft was reported “overdue” by authorities. The aircraft and all of the bodies were recovered by authorities.
Major said that the wreckage is on its way to Jacksonville and should arrive by tomorrow. Major said teams from Italy, Canada and the National Transportation Safety Board in the United States will be assisting in the investigation.
“So, it will be myself and those additional state representatives and they will also be bringing their specialists who are trained on different aspects of the aircraft. So, we will have a full team of investigators who will be laying out the wreckage and documenting to verify all of the wreckage was actually recovered from the ocean, and after that process, there will be a time where we will start documenting each part that was found,” he said.
“There are specific parts that I’m sure these different experts will be looking at.
“So we do plan to be there for at least a week to fully document and lay out and analyze what wreckage was recovered.”
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