US NTSB Says Report Into Czech Billionaire’s Helicopter Crash ‘Likely’ in Summer

A book of condolence and a portrait of Petr Kellner are on display at the PPF Group company's headquarter in Prague, Czech Republic, 29 March 2021. EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK

"Our best estimate is that the report is likely to be completed and published this summer," a spokesperson for the NTSB told BIRN.

The agency released an accident preliminary report on March 27, 2021, which didn't provide any reasons for the crash.

The issue of the timing of the NTSB's full report surfaced this week after the widow of Petr Kellner, Renata Kellnerova, and her family announced that they had filed a lawsuit on March 24 in the Anchorage Superior Court, seeking a full investigation into the accident which killed the Czech Republic's richest man and four others while heli-skiing in a remote part of the US state of Alaska. The sudden death shook Kellner's sprawling business empire, which has assets totalling more than 40 billion euros in financial services, telecommunications, media, engineering, biotech and real estate.

In a statement issued by Kellner's investment group PPF, the family explained that given the accident occurred on March 27, 2021 and the two-year statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits was going to expire under US law, the family decided it had no choice but to file a lawsuit before then on March 24.

The lawsuit is "seeking to investigate potential negligence that led directly or indirectly to the fatal helicopter crash by the helicopter operator and other participants in the rescue mission," the statement explained. "According to the available testimonies, the rescue mission was launched after a several-hour delay, revealing that some responsible people must have neglected their duties."

The NTSB explained that its...

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