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  1. 'Pure Greed' Led to Deadly Ore. Wildfire Chopper CrashRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 15, 2015 | FireHouse.com

    April 14--The vice president of a defunct Grants Pass helicopter company was motivated by "pure greed" to lie about the carrying capacities of the firms' helicopters, including an overloaded one that crashed at a Northern California fire in 2008, killing nine people, prosecutors say. A government sentencing memorandum says Steven Metheny not only falsified documents for Carson Helicopters to gain Forest Service contracts worth up to $51.7 million, he also supplied a similarly falsified helicopter to the Forest Service as a replacement for the one that crashed Aug. 5, 2008, on the Iron 44 fire.

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