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NY Widow Sues kiwi Crash Pilot Company

Posted by te2ataria on October 3, 2009

Widow of the small-plane pilot killed by kiwi piloted helicopter sues for wrongful death

The widow of the small-plane pilot killed after the plane was brought down by a helicopter piloted by a kiwi  man has filed a lawsuit for wrongful death.

The collision occurred when the helicopter piloted by a new Zealander, Jeremy Clark, 33,  approached from the side and under the small plane. The helicopter blades sliced through the wing of the small plane leading to a fatal crash that killed 9 people aboard the two aircraft, including Steven Altman, his brother and nephew, 4 Italian tourists and the incompetent helicopter pilot.

The federal lawsuit filed by Pamela Altman’s attorney in Philadelphia seeks about US$1.3 million (NZ$1.85 million) in damages.

Mrs Altman is suing Liberty Helicopters, the tour company, Meridian Consulting I, the helicopter owners as well as American Eurocopter, the manufacturers.

“Her suit says that Liberty and Meridian had a ‘horrid history of accidents’ and that American Eurocopter failed to equip the helicopter with sufficient safety equipment.” Associated Press reported.

Two years ago, another Liberty helicopter fell 150 meters into the Hudson river  while on  a sightseeing trip. However, the pilot in that incident was a qualified and competent pilot and managed to land safely and save the lives of seven passengers.

In yet another incident which reportedly occurred in Manhattan again in 1997, a rotor on one of Liberty’s  sightseeing helicopters clipped a  building, forcing an emergency landing. there were no injuries.

It’s not known whether Mrs Altman and families of other victims would sue also the dead NZ pilot’s estate for damages.

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