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.
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC-Anderson, SC
Three sustain minor to moderate injuries after medical helicopter crashes down in Macon County, North Carolina
Daniel Wadham and Danny Randolph both dead in helicopter crash near State Route 53 near Huntsville, Alabama
Two people airlifted to hospital following helicopter crash near Dale County Road 108 and West County Road 36 in Marley Mill, Alabama
33-year-old helicopter pilot sustains head injuries after helicopter crashes at the Essex County Airport in Fairfield, New Jersey
West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL
Richard Preiser, 71, and Thomas Stout, 62, both die following helicopter crash near Seminole Pratt Whitney Road in Loxahatchee, Florida
Los Angeles, CA
Orange County, CA
Officer Nicholas Vella, 44, dead and other officer critically injured after police helicopter has mechanical issue, crashes into ocean near Newort Beach, California
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
Two sent to hospital after helicopter crashes into Atlantic Ocean near crowded Miami Beach near 10 Street in Miami Beach, Florida
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pilot Daniel Moore seriously injured, 3 others including infant sustain minor injuries after helicopter crashes on Burmont Road in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, NC
Pilot Shane Keebler killed and 2 hospitalized after helicopter crashes near South Edgewood Road and Rosewood Lane in Eden, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA
Male pilot sustains minor injuries when helicopter crashes in Reigle Field near S Forge Road in South Londonberry Township, Pennsylvania
Pilot Howard Y. Esterbrook, 53, in helicopter crash near CR 700 South and CR 150 East in White County, Indiana
3 injured in military helicopter crash near Elbert Road and County Road 82 outside of Elbert, Colorado
Pilot Patrick Mahany, 64, killed, and 2 crew members survive fiery helicopter crash after takeoff in Frisco, Colorado
A 30-year-old pilot flying a logging helicopter had just lifted off with a load of logs when a loud popping noise was heard and the machine crashed. The helicopter caught fire, sparking a wildfire that spread to 50-acres.
A helicopter has crashed into the Tennessee River in northern Alabama, and the pilot has not been found. Haverfield Aviation reported pings found from the helicopter the day after the crash, and divers were able to locate the wreckage.
Pilot Brandon Ricks, 40, and Steven W. Cobbs, 55, dead, and Brendan Mullen critically injured after helicopter crash during controlled burn in the Desoto National Forest in Harrison County, Mississippi
The U.S. Forest Service was set to burn 800 acres of forest in the Desoto National Forest. One of the helicopters working with crews during this time crashed, resulting in at two deaths and one injury.
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL
Bruce Teitelbaum, his wife Marsha Khan, and friend Harry Anderson dead after helicopter crashes into house on Alameda Street in College Park, Orlando, Florida
Matt Mathews killed; Kim Ramsey and Ryan Setzkorn injured in EagleMed helicopter crash near Eufaula, Oklahoma
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