Civil Suits Mounting in Deadly Louisiana Helicopter Crash

December 31, 2009

The relatives of two dead oilfield workers have filed suit in Louisiana state court against a helicopter transport company and two other businesses, blaming them for a nearly year-old crash that killed eight people.

The helicopter’s owner, PHI Inc., which flies oilfield workers offshore, is named as a defendant along with the manufacturer of the aircraft, Sikorsky, and the maker of the windshield, Aeronautical Accessories.

Both suits allege a defective windshield caused the helicopter to crash in a remote Terrebonne Parish marsh Jan. 4. One also claims the aircraft struck a bird, contributing to the crash.

The two pilots and six workers on board were killed. A lone survivor was critically injured.

According to The Courier, the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the crash continues.

Information from: The Courier,

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