Chopper that crashed in East River had just been in shop

NEW YORK - (AP) - A helicopter that crashed in New York's EastRiver had been in the shop just two days before the fatal flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Bell 206helicopter had just wrapped up an annual inspection on Oct. 2.

During an annual inspection, mechanics take much of an aircraftapart and put it together again. The work can take several weeks.

The pilot told the NTSB the nose of the helicopter swungunexpectedly to the left as he was taking off. When he tried toturn right, the aircraft went out of control.

The NTSB issued a preliminary report about the crash onWednesday. However, it hasn't determined the cause.

One passenger died in the crash; two others were seriouslyinjured. The pilot and another passenger were unhurt.

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