Flight Crew Injured in Helicopter Maintenance Test Flight Crash
On Saturday, November 9, 2013, a Life Air Rescue medical helicopter, Eurocopter EC-135 registered as N911KB, crashed during a maintenance test flight near the Shreveport Downtown Airport. All three flight crew on board were injured. “Angie Willhite of the Shreveport Police said after takeoff the Life Air crew had mechanical problems which led to the crash that was called in at 12:49 p.m. The crash was near the Metro Aviation’s headquarters that owned the aircraft and rents it out to Life Air Rescue.” (Source: http://www.wbrz.com/news/medical-helicopter-crashes-in-shreveport/). “The FAA registry says the helicopter was manufactured in 1997 and its certification was issued March 3, 1998, and doesn’t expire until Oct. 31, 2016.” (Source: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20131109/NEWS01/311090037/UPDATED-3-injured-helicopter-crash?odyssey=mod&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1).
The links embedded below provide preliminary news coverage of this flight-related tragedy and we at Pilot Law, P.C. are actively investigating this unfortunate incident. We are keenly sympathetic to affected parties in tragedies such as this, having litigated dozens like it in courts throughout the country and abroad and having a former military medical evacuation and maintenance test flight helicopter pilot among our staff. In cases such as this, affected parties may have legal recourse against various entities, including the aircraft and/or component manufacturers and the owner/operator of the aircraft. We at Pilot Law, P.C. bring years’ of experience and expertise to bear and will diligently and relentlessly pursue the truth on behalf of the victims and their families.