On January 18, 2018, a helicopter crash in New Mexico claimed the lives of two Houstonians. Investor Charles Burnett III and former Pasadena Police Chief, Paul Cobb, were among the dead. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the private UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed at about 6:00 pm in a mountainous and remote area about 15 miles east of Raton Municipal Airport. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
A firm attorney recently obtained a confidential settlement for the widow of an airplane crash victim. Based on her experience she notes: “Helicopters are complex, sophisticated machines. They consist of thousands of parts, all of which must function both independently and together for the helicopter to operate safely. These systems and components must be designed, manufactured, maintained and operated with the utmost skill and care if the helicopter is to fly safely.”
Studies have identified the helicopter accident rate at 7.5 per 100,000 hours of flying-compared to an airplane accident rate of 0.175 per 100,000 flying hours. Operational error, mechanical, and electrical malfunction are typical causes of crashes. While it is still unclear what the cause of this tragic accident was, it was likely preventable.
The complexity involved in aircraft crashes requires an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884 for your free consultation.