Helicopter Cases Handled

Make / Model of the Aircraft Airline Flight Location Date Casualties Circumstances Attorney
Aerospatiale AS 350B2 Medical Helicopters / Air Ambulance Roswell, New Mexico Oct., 2001 4 Crashed during training flight. $3.2 million verdict in September 2003 on behalf of family of New Mexico State Police Officer killed in crash. Verdict reversed on appeal June 22, 2005; remanded to State Court. $3.2 million verdict returned in July 2006. Mike Slack
Aerospatiale AS 350B2 Medical Helicopters / Air Ambulance El Paso, Texas Feb., 2010 3 Helicopter destroyed upon impact with terrain. Post-crash fire ensued. Commercial
pilot and two paramedics received fatal injuries.
Mark Pierce
Aerospatiale AS 350BA Charter Helicopters Galveston, Texas Jul., 1994 5 In-flight failure of rotor pitch control servo. Ladd Sanger*
Aerospatiale AS 355F1 Sightseeing Charter Helicopters Maui, Hawaii Jul., 2000 7 Blue Hawaii tour Helicopters crashed in adverse weather conditions. Ladd Sanger*
Aerospatiale AS 365N2 Corporate Helicopters Indianapolis, Indiana May., 1997 2 Passenger hit in head by main rotor after disembarking Helicopters. Ladd Sanger*
Agusta A109 K2 Medical Helicopters / Air Ambulance Salt Lake City, Utah Jan., 2003 3 Crashed while attempting to pick-up patient in adverse weather conditions. Mike Slack
Bell 206A Helicopters Rio Hondo, Texas Mar., 1998 2 Engine compartment fire resulted in separation of the tailboom in flight. Ladd Sanger*
Bell 206B News Gathering Helicopters Grand Prairie, Texas Jul., 2007 2 During news gathering flight Helicopters suffered total power loss and crashed during forced autorotation Ladd Sanger
Bell 206B Charter Helicopters North Slope, Alaska Sep., 1996 1 Helicopters crashed in low visibility. Ladd Sanger*
Bell 206B Charter Helicopters Elkhorn, Wisconsin Aug., 1990 5 Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan died in this crash. Slack & Davis represented his family. Mike Slack, Mike Davis, Tom Davis
Bell 206B Media Traffic Helicopters Walnut Hill, Texas Apr., 2002 1 KVIL Radio-branded Helicopters crashed due to improper maintenance and oversight. Ladd Sanger
Bell 206B Private Helicopters Mineral Wells, Texas Jan., 2001 1 Aircraft crashed while performing an autorotation. Ladd Sanger*
Bell 206B External Load Operations Huffman, Texas May., 2005 5 External load cable caught equipment during takeoff. Ladd Sanger
Bell 206B-3 Charter Helicopters British Columbia, Canada Feb., 1994 5 Operating on visual flight rules, plane crashed into mountain in thick fog and instrument conditions. Mike Slack, Donna Bowen
Bell 206B-3 Charter Helicopters Houston, Texas May., 1991 4 Drive shaft failure and subsequent crash into apartments. Helicopters drive shaft failed due to poor maintenance. Recovery on behalf of our clients is confidential. On-board video equipment recorded crash sequence. Mike Slack, Donna Bowen
Bell 206B-3 Helicopters Training Flight Hurst, Texas Dec., 2000 2 Training flight landing incident. Ladd Sanger*
Bell 206L Charter Helicopters Anchorage, Alaska Oct., 2001 5 Pilot flew too low in falling snow, with low ceilings, whiteout/grayout conditions and flat/glassy water. Mike Slack
Bell 206L Medical Helicopters / Air Ambulance Skidmore (Beeville), Texas Jan., 2002 2 Two EMTs suffered serious injuries in crash-F64 landing resulting from engine failure. Mike Slack
Bell 206L-1 Offshore Helicopters Cameron, Louisiana Jul., 2004 1 Helicopters crashed into Gulf of Mexico. Ladd Sanger
Bell 206L-1 Medical Helicopters / Air Ambulance Gentry, Arkansas Feb., 2005 1 Patient injured in motor vehicle accident is killed during air ambulance trip to the hospital. Mark Pierce, Mike Slack
Bell 206L-1 Medical Helicopter / Air Ambulance Walnut Grove, Arkansas Aug., 2010 3 Medical helicopter crash. In-flight separation of the main rotor and tail boom. Mike Slack
Bell 206L-3 Charter helicopter Antigua, Guatemala Apr., 2012 0 Flight carrying documentary photographer crashed into terrain. Ladd Sanger
Bell 206L-4 News Gathering Helicopter Conroe, Texas Oct., 2008 2 News helicopter crashed en route to cover a news story. Ladd Sanger
Bell 206L-4 Offshore Helicopter Transport Sabine Pass, Texas Dec., 2008 5 While en route to an offshore drilling platform to drop off passengers, helicopter crashed into water. Mike Slack, Mark Pierce
Bell 407 Air Ambulance Flight Huntsville, Texas Jun., 2008 4 Helicopters crashed at night while transporting patient to hospital. Mike Slack, Ladd Sanger, Mark Pierce
Bell 407 Offshore Helicopters Gulf of Mexico Feb., 2003 5 Helicopters crashed following catastrophic engine failure. Mike Slack, Ladd Sanger
Bell 407 Search and Rescue Helicopters Broadus, Texas Mar., 2003 5 Helicopters crashed while searching for debris after Columbia Space Shuttle disaster. Mike Slack
Bell 407 Helicopters Test Flight Kerrville, Texas Sep., 1996 2 Maintenance test flight by a Bell test pilot. Engine failed due to defective wiring harness. Ladd Sanger*
Bell 407 Medical helicopters Flagstaff, Arizona Jun., 2008 3 Mid-air crash between two medical helicopters Mike Slack
Bell OH 58-D U.S. Army Helicopters Kandahar, Afghanistan Jun., 2008 2 Loss of power caused by failure of Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) unit resulted in crash that killed two U.S. service members Mark Pierce, Ladd Sanger
Bell Shelby 47G Helicopters Checkride Ardmore, Oklahoma May., 2003 2 Throttle control cable broke during checkride with FAA examiner. Ladd Sanger
Bell TH-67 U.S. Army Helicopter Fort Rucker, Alabama Jul., 2007 0 Helicopter crashed during training maneuver, leading to serious injuries (pilot). Mark Pierce
Boeing 444 Chinook (CH-47D) U.S. Army Helicopters Florence, Texas Apr., 1995 5 Incorrect maintenance instructions. Recovery on behalf of clients is confidential. Mike Slack, Donna Bowen
Eurocopter AS 350BA Medical Helicopters / Air Ambulance La Gloria, Texas (near Harlingen) Jun., 1998 3 Pilot became lost way en route to accident scene and crashed. Confidential recovery on behalf of clients. Mike Slack
Eurocopter AS 350BA Sightseeing Helicopters Juneau, Alaska Jun., 1999 7 Sightseeing tour to cruise ship passenger. Crashed on glacier. Ladd Sanger
Eurocopter AS 355N Corporate Helicopters League City, Texas May., 2004 4 Forced landing after reported loss of engine power. Ladd Sanger
Eurocopter AS350 B3 Medical Helicopter / Air Ambulance Tucson, AZ Jul., 2010 3 Helicopter experienced complete loss of engine power and crashed. Mike Slack, Ladd Sanger
Eurocopter AS350-B3 Training Flight Santa Teresa, New Mexico May., 2006 2 During manual governor training, the twist grip solenoid overheated causing it to seize in the manual position Mike Slack, Ladd Sanger, Mark Pierce
Eurocopter AS350-B3 Public Use Law Enforcement San Elizario, Texas May., 2007 2 Helicopters crashed during air interdiction flight Ladd Sanger, Mark Pierce, Mike Slack
Eurocopter AS350BZ Medical Helicopter / Air Ambulance Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Feb., 2013 2 Medical helicopter crash with post-crash fire. Ladd Sanger, Michael Slack
Eurocopter EC 130 B4 Sightseeing Helicopter Pukoo (Island of Molokai), Hawaii Nov., 2011 5 Helicopter collided with mountainous terrain. Mike Slack
Eurocopter EC130B4 Medical Helicopter / Air Ambulance Seminole, Oklahoma Jan., 2013 0 Loss of engine power due to ice ingestion. Ladd Sanger
Hughes 369D Power Line Charter / Tour Columbus, Montana May., 2007 3 Helicopters’s engine failed during power line operations resulting in forced autorotation Ladd Sanger
Hughes OH-6A Helicopters Training Flight Newark, Texas Sep., 1998 2 Helicopters crashed during DEA training flight and was consumed by post-crash fire. Ladd Sanger*
Kaman K-1200 Helicopter Dayville, Oregon Mar., 2006 1 Helicopter experienced total loss of engine power and crashed during a long-line logging operation. Ladd Sanger
McDonnell Douglas 369FF Sightseeing Helicopters Haena, Hawaii Mar., 2007 5 Helicopters’s tail rotor failed and tailrotor gearbox separated from Helicopters inflight Ladd Sanger
McDonnell Douglas MD-369E Power Line Charter / Tour Bloomfield, New Mexico May., 2000 2 Helicopters hit power line while maneuvering a ravine. Ladd Sanger*
MD-500 Power line maintenance Missouri Mar., 2001 1 Worker carried below Helicopters on sling was flown into power lines, resulting in electrocution. Ladd Sanger*
Robinson R-22 Helicopter Del Valle, Texas Jun., 2011 1 Helicopter struck trees and impacted terrain. Mike Slack, Ladd Sanger
Robinson R-44 Charter Flight Sosua, Dominican Republic Oct., 2006 4 Helicopters main rotor blade delaminated in flight and severed tailboom Ladd Sanger
Robinson R-44 II Helicopter Centerville, Louisiana Jan., 2012 2 Helicopter crashed while maneuvering at low altitude. Post-impact fire. Ladd Sanger
Robinson R-44 II Charter Helicopter Indiana, Pennsylvania Apr., 2011 0 Helicopter with three-person film crew on board collided with buildings, leading to serious passenger injuries. Mike Slack, Ladd Sanger
Robinson R-44 Raven II Private Flight Fredericksburg, Texas Apr., 2006 4 Helicopters struck wire and burned in post crash fire Ladd Sanger, Mike Slack
Robinson R22 BETA Charter Helicopters Houston, Texas Mar., 1999 2 Loss of control of Helicopters on Charter photo flight while hovering out of ground effect. Ladd Sanger*
Robinson R44 II Private Helicopter Nowra Aerodrome, NSW, Australia Feb., 2012 2 Helicopter impacted terrain. Ladd Sanger
Schwiezer 269C Instructional Flight Denton, Texas Apr., 2006 2 Helicopters crash during practice autorotation Ladd Sanger
Sikorsky 76A++ Offshore Helicopters Transport Gulf of Mexico Apr., 2004 10 Under investigation; overloading suspected. Mike Slack, Ladd Sanger
Sikorsky S-76C Offshore Helicopter Transport Morgan City, Louisiana Jan., 2009 8 Helicopter crashed en route to an offshore oil platform. Mike Slack, Ladd Sanger