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Helicopter Crash Leaves Gwinnett Police Officer Paraplegic

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a Sept. 1 police helicopter crash in Lawrenceville, Georgia that injured two officers. The helicopter crash occurred as Cpl. Michael Duncan, 46, and Officer George McLain, 38, were maneuvering the aircraft for a landing at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. The men had been called out to assist in a search for a wanted person and they were returning because of a storm moving into the area. Investigators believe heavy wind may have thrown the helicopter out of control, causing it to land on its side. Cpl. Duncan, an 11-year veteran of the Gwinnett ... Read More

Asiana Airlines, Dentist Settle Final SFO Crash Lawsuit

The last pending lawsuit against Asiana Airlines over the deadly 2013 runway crash at San Francisco International Airport has been settled, an attorney for the plaintiff said. According to the Associated Press, Kyung-Rhan Rha, a California dentist, reached a settlement with the Korea-based airline recently, her lawyer said. The case was the last lawsuit to be settled out of dozens filed by passengers and crewmembers that had been consolidated in a California federal court. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed. Dr. Kyung-Rhan and her daughter were among the 291 passengers on Asiana Flight 214 from South Korea. Federal ... Read More

Lawsuit Blames Tom Cruise, Director, for Deadly American Made Airplane Crash

The families of two men killed in an airplane crash during the filming of Tom Cruise’s action-thriller movie American Made say that the actor himself and director Doug Liman share some of the blame for the deadly accident. On Sept. 11, 2015, a twin-engine Smith Aerostar 600 was flying from Santa Fe de Antiogia, Colombia, to Medellin when it crashed in the Andes Mountains during a storm. Pilot Carlos Berl and Alan Purwin, whose company Heliblack owned the airplane, were killed. Jimmy Garland, the CEO and partner of S&S Aviation, survived but was rendered paraplegic. The crash triggered a multitude ... Read More

NTSB Warns Pilots of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Airplane Exhaust

Federal officials issued safety alerts to pilots and aircraft mechanics last week warning them about the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) alerts warn that the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is generally overlooked and underestimated in the aviation industry – a dangerous prospect considering that many airplanes with internal combustion engines are warmed by exhaust systems using a heater shroud. Compounding the danger is the colorless, odorless, and tasteless nature of carbon monoxide fumes, which can fill the cockpit and go undetected until it’s too late. The NTSB’s safety alerts offer some ... Read More

Plane Crash That Killed Couple Featured on HGTV Under Investigation

Federal investigators said that a full review of a plane crash that killed three people near Savannah, Georgia, Aug. 28 is underway but the probe could take more than a year to conclude. The plane crash killed pilot Randy Hunter and his passengers Byron and Catherine Cocke, who were featured on an episode of HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation, which followed the renovation of their family home. The episode, titled “Going Big in Georgia,” aired in 2011. Mr. Hunter, 39, took off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport about 8:30 a.m. with the Cockes aboard. Shortly after takeoff, Mr. Hunter reported ... Read More

Movie Producers Seek Indemnity In Fatal Airplane-Crash Suits

An airplane crash that killed two men and seriously injured a third while filming the Tom Cruise movie American Made in 2015 has spawned multiple lawsuits, including one filed Sept. 8 by four production companies seeking indemnity for damages awarded against them in other lawsuits. The lawsuit, filed in California, seeks to hold S&S Aviation, a Georgia company responsible for maintaining the airplane that crashed, at least partly responsible for any damages and lawyer fees resulting from the wrongful death and personal injury claims the production companies face. The movie “American Made” is set to be released later this month. It ... Read More

Troy Gentry’s Fatal Helicopter Ride ‘Spur of the Moment’

A federal investigator said that county music singer Troy Gentry’s fatal helicopter flight at a resort in Medford, New Jersey, Friday afternoon was an “impromptu, spur of the moment” joy ride. “[It was a] ‘Would you like to go for a helicopter ride?’” situation, senior air safety investigator Brian Raymer told People. After a few minutes into the flight, pilot James Evan Robinson began experiencing mechanical problems and was having difficulty controlling the Schweitzer 269 Charlie 1 aircraft. “Not long after takeoff, the pilot announced over the airport frequency – which was being monitored by a number of people – that he ... Read More

Country Singer Troy Gentry Killed In NJ Helicopter Crash

Country music star Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry died Friday afternoon of injuries he suffered in a helicopter crash in that also claimed the life of the pilot. The deadly crash occurred around 1:00 p.m. at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, New Jersey, about 20 miles east of Philadelphia. Mr. Gentry was scheduled to perform in concert at the Flying W later Friday evening with Eddie Montgomery, the other half of Montgomery Gentry. The concert was canceled about an hour after the crash. Witnesses said the helicopter pilot, James Evan Robinson, had radioed for help ... Read More

Deadly, Noncombat Military Air Crashes Continue

As Righting Injustice previously reported, this summer has been a deadly one for U.S. military aviation and the pattern of noncombat crashes continued last Friday. Another U.S. Black Hawk crashed around 7 p.m. local time off the coast of Yemen during a training mission, according to a press release from U.S. Central Command. Five of the six crew members were rescued and the military conducted a search throughout the weekend for the sixth crew member. As of Monday, ArmyTimes confirmed that the service member is still missing and the search is ongoing. The crash occurred while the helicopter was “conducting ... Read More

Five Missing After Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes in Hawaii

Late Tuesday night, a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, CNN reported. Five crew members were on board when the helicopter lost communications with Wheeler Army Airfield on the island of Oahu. Approximately 80 minutes later at 11:28 p.m. local time, the U.S. Coast Guard located a debris field near Kaena Point, which is located on the west side of the island. The helicopter was one of two Black Hawk helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducting a routine night training exercise between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, according to the Honolulu ... Read More