State Police Mark Anniversary Of Deadly Chopper Crash

CBS Boston

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (CBS/AP) — Massachusetts state police marked the 20th anniversary of a helicopter crash that killed two state troopers and two telephone company workers Sunday.

A wreath-laying ceremony and flyover took place at a Harvard University boathouse along the Charles River in Cambridge, the site of the Feb. 22, 1995, accident.

The state police chopper crashed on the roof of the boathouse after taking off from Boston. Federal investigators later cited several factors including poor pilot training and contaminated fuel.

Sgt. James Mattaliano and Sgt. Paul Perry of the state police died in the crash. Also killed were Arthur Howell and Michael McCarthy, AT&T technicians who were being flown to a state facility to work on communications equipment.

“They came to work…

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