Throughout 11 pages, investigators found the helicopter to be “fully operational.” The reasons listed include “damage consistent with powered rotation at the time of impact.”
The report continued: “The instrument panel was destroyed and most instruments were displaced from their panel mounts. Flight controls were fragmented and fire damaged,” suggesting a “post-crash fire” and likely not something mechanical that occurred on impact.
“The engines were recovered for detailed disassembly examination,” the NTSB said. “The helicopter was not equipped with a flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder (CVR) nor was it required to be for the accident flight.”
Team members successfully located personal electronic devices and equipment. However, they’re not finished with their investigation.
“Additional information will be released as warranted,” the report added. A final report may take as long as a year.