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Helicopter crash site closed as NTSB moves in

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The National Transportation Safety Board briefs the media on the crash investigation. (Les Krifaton/FOX5) The National Transportation Safety Board briefs the media on the crash investigation. (Les Krifaton/FOX5)
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Park rangers are temporarily restricting access to an area of Lake Mead where five people died in a Sundance tour helicopter crash late Wednesday afternoon.

The Sundance tour helicopter went down in a remote area on the western side of the River Mountains about four miles west of a water treatment plant, according to the National Park Service.

Visitors will not be allowed within a two-mile radius surrounding the crash site.

Temporary flight restrictions have also been put in place as the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation.

The agency has assigned a 12-person Go-Team to the site. They will be looking at four factors -- operations, airworthiness, maintenance and human factors -- before determining the cause of the crash and issuing safety recommendations.

A spokesperson for the NTSB said a preliminary report would likely be available within 10 days but their final report would not be issued for at least nine months.

The Go-Team would likely spend three-to-five days at the crash site, which can only be accessed by off-road vehicles or helicopter, the NTSB said.

A pilot, Landon Nield, and four unidentified passengers were killed in the crash.

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