Remains From Calif. Chopper Removed

WEAVERVILLE, CA — Authorities have finished collecting badly burned remains from the crash site of a firefighting helicopter in the Northern California wilderness.

Stretchers were taken to the Shasta County coroner’s office in Redding, where authorities will likely have to rely on DNA analysis and dental records to identify the bodies.

Nine people were killed in Tuesday’s crash. One of the four survivors is critically burned.

The helicopter was ferrying 10 firefighters, two pilots and a U.S. Forest Service employee back to base camp after crews fought a fire about 215 miles northwest of Sacramento.

No word yet on what caused the crash. A cockpit voice data recorder has been recovered and will be sent to Britain for analysis.