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NTSB Reports on Deadly Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash

A sightseeing helicopter that crashed in Grand Canyon, killing three British tourists and injuring four others, drifted from its designated landing site and spun 360 degrees twice in the opposite direction of its main rotor, federal investigators said in an early report on the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still in the fact-finding phase of its investigation, but its report on the final movements of the Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter offers some insight about the potential problems of the aircraft. The helicopter involved in the Feb. 10 crash was owned and operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters ... Read More

Pigeon Forge Sightseeing Helicopter Crash Raises Aircraft Safety Questions

An initial report on the investigation of a sightseeing helicopter crash in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, that killed five people a year ago has shed some light on the deadly accident, but provided little comfort to family members seeking some closure. On April 4, 2016, the helicopter, a Bell 206L operated by Great Smoky Mountain Helicopters, was flying a family on a routine tour of the area when it seemingly lost power, crashed in a field, and burst into flames. The crash killed pilot Jason Dahl, 39; Johna Morvant, 49; her children Peyton and Parker Rasmussen, 22 and 18 respectively; and ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Filed In Connection To Pigeon Forge Helicopter Crash

The family of a woman killed in a sightseeing helicopter crash in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., last April, has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the aircraft, alleging negligence in maintaining the helicopter and hiring its pilots. Keith Morvant and Lynne Frederick, the husband and mother of Johna Morvant respectively, filed the lawsuit against Great Smoky Mountains Helicopters and owner Bobby Riggs in a Tennessee federal court, seeking unspecified compensation and damages for Ms. Morvant’s alleged wrongful death. Ms. Morvant, 49, of Kodak, Tenn., was killed in the April 4 crash with her two children, Peyton Rasmussen, 22, and Parker ... Read More

Two wrongful death lawsuits filed after Las Vegas helicopter crash

Two wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed against Sundance Helicopters Inc., the Las Vegas, Nevada-based aerial tour company that lost one of its aircraft December 7 in a remote canyon near Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, killing four passengers and the pilot. The helicopter, piloted by Landon Nield, 31, was taking two couples on a twilight tour of the glittery Las Vegas strip and surrounding attractions when it crashed into a rocky ravine. Delwin and Tamara Chapman of Utica, Kansas, both 49 and parents of four children, went to Vegas to celebrate their 25th anniversary and renew their wedding vows. Newlyweds ... Read More

Surgeon General returns home to Alabama to talk with oil spill victims

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin returned home to the Gulf Coast, where physical and psychological illnesses triggered by BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been on the rise. Benjamin, a native of the Mobile area, ran a clinic that provides free and low-cost medical care to poor residents of Bayou La Batre before President Obama appointed her as Surgeon General. Although Bayou La Batre has been repeatedly battered by hurricanes, Benjamin acknowledged that the residents of the town and the wider Gulf Coast face a new and even more formidable challenge – one that is causing great ... Read More