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News Gathering Helicopters

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Our law firm has handled a number of crashes involving news helicopters.

There is a recurring safety problem involving numerous news helicopters involved in a police chase or other on-ground events simultaneously having the pilots report live while in flight. In October 2007, the National Press Photographers Association recommended that news helicopter pilots no longer report live while they are flying the helicopter, but this practice continues.

In July 2007, two news helicopters collided midair over Phoenix, Arizona, killing both pilots and two photojournalists onboard. These were just two of five helicopters covering a police chase in downtown Phoenix. Although the helicopter pilots reported observing each other and talking on the radio, they all were clearly intent on following and covering the police chase. These pilots failed to maintain proper visual contact with each other.

Voice transcripts from both helicopters demonstrate that the crews were intensely focused on covering the police chase taking place on the ground beneath them. Both helicopter pilots were on the air and reporting live to their respective news stations at the time of the collision. The voice transmissions further indicate that neither helicopter pilot realized that they were in imminent danger or had any indication that they were about to collide.

The Phoenix midair collision between two helicopters illustrates the recurring safety problem of having numerous helicopters involved in a police chase or other on-ground event while simultaneously having the pilots report live. In October 2007, the National Press Photographers Association recommended that news helicopter pilots no longer report live while they are flying the helicopter. The NPPA rightly determined that the practice puts the helicopter and its passengers, not to mention those on the ground beneath them, an unnecessary risk.

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Other safety precautions which should be taken by news helicopters include painting a highly visible stripe pattern on the helicopters’ rotors so that they may more easily be seen from above, and adding bright strobe lights which may be positioned for maximum visibility so as to avoid a collision with other aircraft.

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Simple and inexpensive procedures such as requiring helicopter pilots within each market to communicate with each other, report their positions and meet periodically to discuss safety issues, are all simple and inexpensive measures designed to eliminate these risks.

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We wrote the book on helicopter crashes.

Helicopter Crash Litigation by Gary C. Robb was first published in 2010. The Second Edition of this acclaimed book has just been published in 2015.

"This book is an essential volume...by accomplished trial lawyer Gary Robb, who has used these same techniques in a brilliant career..."
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Our law firm has obtained the two (2) highest jury verdicts ever in helicopter crash trials:

$350 million Our law firm obtained the two (2) highest jury verdicts ever in helicopter crash trials: A $350 million verdict for a pilot killed in a life flight helicopter crash, and a separate $70 million verdict for a passenger killed in that same helicopter crash. This crash involved a Turbomeca helicopter engine which failed in flight due to a defect in the nozzle guide vane.


Our law firm has obtained the largest settlement in U.S. history for a single injury in a helicopter crash:

$38 million A $38 million settlement for a young woman severely injured in a touring helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon which is the highest settlement in U.S. history for a single helicopter crash injury. Defendants in the case included Papillon, Eurocopter and Turbomeca.


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Personal Injury Lawyers - Kansas City, Missouri

Personal injury is an area of law that pertains to the injury of an individual. Both physical and emotional injuries fall into this branch of tort law. A personal injury lawyer is generally involved in cases where an injury has occurred due to the negligence of another party.

Examples of cases that a personal injury lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri can assist with include workplace accidents, falling or other accidents in the home, premises liability, defective and hazardous product cases, and dental and medical malpractice cases. If negligence on behalf of another party can be proved in court, compensation may be awarded.

Personal injury attorneys can also assist with industrial disease cases that may include respiratory diseases or a decline in health due to hazardous occupational conditions. These and other medical cases are often very complex, and it is advised that all aspects of the claim be handled by an experienced attorney.

Wrongful Death Lawyers - Kansas City, Missouri

Wrongful death falls under the common law jurisdictions wherein a person may be held liable for a death. It is important to note that wrongful death is the only course of legal action in which a company, rather than an individual, is at fault for a death.

In Kansas City, Missouri, cases involving wrongful death accidents require a preponderance of evidence as the standard of proof. Generally, the suit is filed by close relatives.

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