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FAA reviewing fatal helicopter maintenance accident

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating Friday's helicopter maintenance accident near Hudson that killed a man.

51-year-old Jeffrey Lee Graham of Waverly died while working on the helicopter's tail rotor at RITEL Copter Service, Inc.

Elizabeth Cory with the FAA's external communications and public affairs says the investigation will most likely take several weeks to complete.

According to an online obituary, Graham graduated from Dunkerton High School in 1982 and served in the U.S. Army until 1987.

He worked as an air care mechanic for 25 years with Air Methods Corp. and also worked for Ritel Copter Service for 30 years.

He was a full-time master mechanic at Ritel for the past three years.

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