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.
When an aircraft crashes, lawsuits look at a wide range of factors to determine who is responsible for what went wrong. In one recent crash, however, the National Transportation Safety Board pointed to an unusual problem. It concluded that a billionaire's 5-year-old daughter likely caused a helicopter to crash, killing the girl, her three family members and the pilot.
Authorities in Kendall County have confirmed two men and a woman are dead after their helicopter crashed into a heavily wooded area last week in the Texas Hill Country. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, a Robinson R44 went down near RR 1888 and E. FM 1376, about 15 miles West of Fredericksburg.
As noted by the New York Times and Associated Press, on November 24, 2010 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended a redesign and modification of some portions of the Sikorsky S-76C helicopter, as a result of a January 4, 2009 helicopter crash which resulted in numerous fatalities.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. reached a settlement with the widow of co-pilot Vyarl Martin last week for a confidential amount. The helicopter crash occurred near Morgan City, Louisiana in 2009 and killed eight people, including the pilot and co-pilot, and catastrophically injured the lone survivor.