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Crash victim survivors dispute NTSB report in lawsuit

When a bad accident happens, one of the first questions that people have is about who to blame. It may not help the situation at all, but we often need to understand why important things happen. In the case of legal disputes around the consequences of accidents, however, nothing is more important to work out.

A helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two law enforcement officers is being held under scrutiny as the survivors of the victims are disputing the official story of what happened. An investigation by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) claimed that the accident happened because the pilot was not trained in a specific situation that occurred on the day of the crash.

The condition involves the downdraft from a helicopter's rotor blades, which may cause the craft to descend rapidly. The survivors of the men in the crash claim, however, that they are suing the helicopter's manufacturer and maintenance company on the basis that the craft was defective.

"This false and inaccurate report likely written by the parties to the investigation, the helicopter and engine manufacturers, is a worthless and cynical humiliation to the families of these state troopers who were the innocent victims of a bad design, bad maintenance and defective components," claimed an attorney representing the victims' survivors.

If a person in an aircraft accident suspects a design defect was at fault, he or she may have a case for financial damages to help with recovery. An attorney can help investigate these claims and push it forward towards settlement, mediation or a jury verdict in civil court.

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