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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Authorities will try again to remove a search and rescue helicopter that crashed last week in northwest Wyoming.

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Rangers plan to guide a contract helicopter to the crash site on Friday morning.

The helicopter crashed Feb. 15 in a remote area of the forest northeast of Jackson while responding to a snowmobile accident which led to the death of Steven Anderson, of Morris, Minn. Longtime search and rescue volunteer Ray Shriver, of Jackson, was killed in the crash.

The pilot reported losing control of the helicopter, but the helicopter must be retrieved so investigators can determine whether mechanical failure was a factor.

Weather has stopped two previous attempts to recover it. Investigators also decided a bigger helicopter was needed to lift the wreckage, which weighs about 3,500 pounds.

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