Texting named as primary cause of fatal 2011 helicopter crash

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At a time when many states are enacting tough laws against sending text messages while driving, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that a fatal 2011 helicopter crash can be attributed to just that.

According to Bloomberg, the pilot of an emergency medical helicopter was texting when the aircraft crashed in Missouri in April of 2011, killing the pilot, a flight nurse, a paramedic and a patient who was being transported.

An NTSB spokesperson tells Bloomberg that the helicopter crashed after running out of fuel, but not before the pilot sent and received seven text messages during the flight. The company that owned the helicopter had forbidden the use of electronic devices during flight.

Bloomberg reports that in addition to the text messaging, the pilot, James Freudenbert, had failed to refuel the helicopter before the flight as well.