We know more about the crash that killed a Kansas man last month when his helicopter went down in the Bankhead National Forest.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released it's preliminary report.
One month after a helicopter crashes into the Bankhead National Forest in Lawrence County, killing the pilot.
The National Transportation Safety Board releases *this* preliminary report.
Pilot John Scott purchased a Hughes 369-a helicopter from a private individual through a broker in Lakeland, Florida.
Scott was flying the helicopter back to his home state of Kansas.
On May 13th, around 4:45 PM he left Sylacauga Municipal Airport, on one of his planned fuel stops.
His route of flight took him over the area of Moulton.
The last radar hit was at 5:29.
No distress calls were received prior to the loss of radar contact.
Scott's helicopter wreckage was found 2 days later in the Bankhead National Forest by police and search crews.
The main wreckage was discovered in the bottom of a large crater.
The NTSB concludes that damage to the surrounding trees indicates the helicopter descended in a near vertical pattern before crashing to the ground and the base of a large tree.
Key flight components separated from the helicopter and were found near the main wreckage, along the route of flight.