NTSB: Pilot's failure to respond to low fuel warning led to Whitefield helicopter crash


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WHITEFIELD, Maine — Federal investigators have determined that a helicopter crash in Whitefield last year was caused when the pilot failed to respond to low fuel warnings.

The National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday says pilot Michael Conley failed to respond appropriately to a signal warning him of a lack of fuel. As a result, Conley was forced to crash land in the trees last May.

The NTSB says the caution light was on the dim setting, making it difficult to see in daylight.

Conley, who was flying for Whitefield-based Maine Helicopters, suffered a minor head injury. No one else was on board.

Company owner Greg Farris tells the Morning Sentinel the report contains "zero surprises" and calls the pilot's decision a "silly mistake."

Farris says Conley no longer works for the company.

Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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