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Helicopter accidents are rare but result in serious injuries and deaths each year
A helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors. This allows the helicopter to take off and land vertically, to hover, and to fly forward, backward, and laterally. Helicopters are used heavily in military operations, but have become popular for civilian use as well. While helicopters have an excellent safety record in general, accidents do happen, often with devastating results.
Common potential hazards for helicopters include:
- Engine stalls;
- Loss of lift;
- Dynamic rollover;
- Powertrain and tail rotor failure;
- Lack of visibility in poor weather conditions;
- powerline and tree collisions in low-altitude flying conditions.
How can you help an injured helicopter crash victim?
After someone is injured or killed in a helicopter crash, it is crucial to maintain their legal rights by finding an experienced aviation crash attorney. A lawyer with a background in handling this complicated type of case will be able to oversee a legal claim, to provide the injured person, or the family left behind, with as much financial compensation as possible. The cost of medical treatment, burial and funeral expenses, lost current and future income, and lost companionship should all be compensated for in a helicopter crash claim.
Two people have been killed after a news helicopter crashed on top of at least three vehicles outside Seattle Center Tuesday morning and caught fire. A third person was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
A helicopter crashed at the North County Airport on Thursday afternoon, but no one was injured, according to officials. Firefighters were dispatched to the airport off Beeline Highway at 11600 Aviation Road about 1:45 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office said the crash occurred when the helicopter became tangled in bird-control netting while flying over a cherry orchard.
What you need to know about aircraft crash injuries and fatalities after an accident
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