Idaho Biologists File Lawsuit After Copter Crash

January 9, 2012

Two biologists with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game injured in a helicopter crash while attempting to dart elk, moose and wolves have filed lawsuits against the pilot and others.

George Pauley and Craig White filed their lawsuits Wednesday in 2nd District Court in Lewiston.

The helicopter pilot, Richard C. Swisher, and his wife, Sharon Swisher, on Thursday also filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against companies involved in the building and repair of the engine in the helicopter that crashed on Jan. 8, 2010.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Pauley and White are suing for damages in excess of $10,000 each.

Swisher’s lawsuit contends a mechanical malfunction caused the crash, and he’s seeking damages that include the loss of the helicopter and loss of reputation.

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