Boarding a small plane or helicopter in New York or another part of the country brings with it inevitable risk, and while environmental conditions, pilot errors and similar circumstances can all cause crashes, manufacturing defects are another common area of concern. Recently, a thorough investigation into a deadly military helicopter crash revealed that a defect during the manufacturing process played a key role in the crash. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that aircraft defects and design flaws are common contributors to plane and helicopter crashes, and we have helped many people who suffered hardship because of manufacturing defects seek appropriate recourse.
According to the Army Times, the surviving military members who were on board the helicopter when it crashed noted that the tail of the aircraft began shaking violently prior to going down. A subsequent investigation into the wreck indicated that the tail of the helicopter had a rotor blade that should have been affixed to the Black Hawk helicopter's rotor section, but it was not properly bonded, which resulted in the rear section of the airframe splitting off.
A 22-year-old military crew chief lost his life in the crash, with emergency personnel noting that he was dead upon arrival at the crash scene. The two others on board at the time of the crash, meanwhile, suffered catastrophic injuries in the incident. Both likely have uphill battles ahead of them which are likely to include rehabilitation, medical and psychological care and struggles to maintain employment.
A fixed-wing mechanic in the U.S. Marines examined the helicopter after the fatal crash and found that maintenance workers were unlikely to have been able to identify the defect, noting that it must have occurred sometime during the manufacturing process. Visit our webpage for more about aircraft manufacturing defects.