Search and Rescue Officer David Vanbuskirk died when he fell down a canyon during a hiker rescue at Mt. Charleston on July 22, 2013. (Source: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Equipment on a Las Vegas Metro police rescue helicopter involved in a hiker's rescue that resulted in an officer falling to his death showed no abnormalities, a preliminary report revealed Tuesday.
The National Transportation Safety Board released the findings after the July 22 incident that resulted in the death of Metro Search and Rescue Officer David Vanbuskirk.
The report, though, did not give details on what exactly led to Vanbuskirk's fatal fall.
According to the report, Vanbuskirk was one of five on board the Bell HH-1H aircraft sent to rescue a distressed hiker near Mt. Charleston just after 10 p.m.
The NTSB said in its report that Vanbuskirk, who was identified as the rescue officer on the aircraft, fell to his death while hoisting the hiker off the side of a mountain. The hiker was safely recovered to the helicopter by the aircraft's hoist without injury, the report said.
The NTSB also said in the report that the helicopter's cargo system, boom assembly and winch assembly showed nothing out of the ordinary during a post-incident examination.
There were no other injuries as a result of the incident, the report said.
Vanbuskirk, a 13-year veteran of Metro, was laid to rest on Monday.
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