Most New York residents are familiar with helicopters, but few recognize the potential dangers involved. Fortunately, there are sections of aviation accident law that provide a way of dealing with the unexpected and often disastrous results of a failed helicopter tour.
City residents along the East River witnessed the third helicopter crash in 11 years for chartered flight operator Liberty Helicopters. The aircraft in question was a Eurocopter AS350. Five passengers were killed, leaving the pilot as the sole survivor. This not the first time Liberty Helicopters has been involved in a fatal helicopter accident. It is also not the first time a Eurocopter AS350 was the faulty aircraft.
National Transportation Safety Board investigations regarding the cause of the aviation accident are currently underway. Unfortunately, there are many things that could go wrong, so it might be a while before any preliminary results are available. The NTSB intends to look through various details, including adverse flying conditions, evidence of pilot error and poor condition or performance of the helicopter.
Everything takes time in an aviation crash investigation. First, the regulatory groups must complete their initial findings. After that, the victims decide whether or not to pursue potentially lengthy legal action. Understanding the potential outcome of a case against an aviation company requires a clear review of the facts, a deep understanding the law and a solid technical foundation. This is true whether the defendant is a large international airline or a small helicopter tour agency. Contact an attorney for more specific information on this subject.
Source: CNN "Five people die in NYC helicopter crash, but the pilot survives," Holly Yan and Eric Leveson, March 13, 2018