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FAA Denies Liability in Medevac Case

By Staff Writer | July 8, 2010
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Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are claiming the agency is not liable for injuries to the sole survivor of a September 2008 medevac helicopter crash that killed four people. NTSB ruled that the crash of Trooper 2, which Maryland State Police was operating as a public medevac flight, was due to a number of factors, including the pilot’s limited experience with instrument landings and out-of-date weather information. Gregory Winton, the lawyer for Jordan Wells, the survivor of the crash, filed a lawsuit in December 2008 arguing that FAA is liable because visibility was significantly worse in the crash area than the air traffic controller had told the pilot. FAA told Winton in June that the claim did not show “facts upon which a finding of liability on the part of this agency could be based.”
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