The 2008 helicopter crash involved a Maryland State Police helicopter. One person survived the crash. That person, Jordan Wells, has now filed a $50 million lawsuit against the FAA, alleging that the air traffic controllers who guided the helicopter were negligent. Wells, who was 18 at the time of the crash, lost her leg because of the helicopter accident. Her lawyer, as quoted in the Gazette (12/13/10), said Wells is physically scarred and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Since the accident, Wells had to learn to walk again.
The lawsuit alleges that the air traffic controllers gave the pilot dated information regarding weather conditions, did not guide the pilot to safe landing and did not alert paramedics to the scene of the crash, according to the Gazette.
Two other lawsuits have also been filed against the FAA. One lawsuit, seeking $7 million, was filed on July 21 and claims the FAA did not ensure the helicopter's safe landing. A second lawsuit, seeking $15 million, was filed in March 2010.
The helicopter was sent out after Wells and her friend, Ashley J. Younger, were involved in a car accident. After the helicopter crashed, Wells was stuck in the woods for two hours under the helicopter because paramedics had difficulty finding the crash site.
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One man who survived the crash, and who was co-pilot on the aircraft, said the NTSB ignored his testimony that the crash was caused by a loss of engine power. The victim, William Coultas, said NTSB investigators lost engine fuel control parts that would have proven the problem was a loss of engine power.
Seven firefighters died in the crash in California. They were on their way to fight a massive forest fire in the woods. Lawsuits have been filed against the helicopter manufacturer and the engine manufacturer.