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Rubber valve may have caused a deadly helicopter crash

Aircraft take off and land safely thousands of times every day, so it may seem almost inevitable that flights always go safely. However, getting and staying airborne requires the smooth operation of hundreds of moving parts inside one of humanity's most complex machines.

Each of those parts must be made to specific quality standards because the risk of failure is too great to contemplate. This is why the victims of faulty designs or manufacturing of aircraft products have the right to seek financial damages for the consequences of these failures, as rare as they are.

The families of four members of the U.S. armed forces have filed a lawsuit against two companies that allegedly manufactured a component that failed mid-flight, leading to their deaths. The heavy-lift helicopter in question crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff during an exercise.

The two companies manufactured a valve that has been implicated in the cause of the crash after an investigation. One company makes a type of rubber used in a valve containing hydraulic fluid, even though the rubber compound was considered unsafe for use with this fluid.

The U.S. Marine Corps ordered the removal of all similar valves in their aircraft after the incident. The companies may be considered liable for the accident if the court decides it or they admit it.

An attorney can help consider a lawsuit regarding a faulty aircraft product that led to damage, injury or death. Financial restitution may seem a cold comfort after a tragedy, but it can help sustain the families of people who lost their lives in crashes.

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