Officials try to ID remains of chopper crash victims

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities hope to finish recovering remains today from a helicopter crash in Northern California that killed nine people.

The aircraft was carrying 10 firefighters, two pilots and a U.S. Forest Service employee when it went down just after take-off Tuesday night. Four of those aboard were injured and taken to hospitals. Two have been discharged.

Work is also ongoing to identify the remains and federal investigators are examining the wreckage to try to determine the cause of the crash.

The cockpit voice recorder, which was recovered from the wreckage Thursday, arrived yesterday at National Transportation Safety Board headquarters in Washington. Experts determined it was made by a British company and the NTSB says the device will be sent to Britain for analysis.

The Associated Press contributed this report.