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Report: Sikorsky Pays Kin of Estonian S-76 Crash Victims

By James T. McKenna | August 6, 2007

Sikorsky Aircraft has paid damages to the next of kin of passengers killed in an S-76 crash two years ago, according to the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Neither the company nor the relatives would discuss the payments, citing terms of their agreement. The S-76 operated by the Finnish company Copterline crashed into the Gulf of Finland Aug 10, 2005 shortly after takeoff from the Estonian capital Tallinn. All 12 passengers and two crewmembers died. Copterline and the families of the crew are seeking tens of millions of euros in damages in U.S. federal court in New York, alleging the helicopter crashed because of a faulty steering servo. An Estonian board of inquiry is expected to make a supplemental report on the crash investigation Aug. 8. For related news

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