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N.L. chopper crash lawsuit is settled

Jan. 8, 2010, St. John's, N.L. – The families of passengers who died in the crash of a Sikorsky helicopter off the coast of Newfoundland last year and the sole survivor of the tragedy have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the U.S. company.


January 8, 2010
By Melissa Damota


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Jan. 8, 2010, St. John's, N.L. – The families of passengers who died in the crash of a Sikorsky helicopter off the coast of Newfoundland last year and the sole survivor of the tragedy have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the U.S. company.

The families of 15 passengers and the survivor launched a lawsuit last year in the Philadelphia court of common pleas alleging that
Sikorsky, Keystone Helicopters and their parent company, United Technologies Corp., made false claims about the aircraft's safety.

Paul Jackson, a spokesman for Sikorsky, says in an email the lawsuit has been settled but details of the settlement are confidential.

The plaintiffs said in documents filed with the court last July that they had "voluntarily discontinued" their lawsuit to begin negotiations on a possible settlement.

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Jackson says a settlement with the families of the helicopter's two pilots has also been reached.

The Cougar Helicopters flight was carrying 16 passengers and two crew members when it crashed in the North Atlantic on March 12 as it was ferrying workers to two offshore oil platforms.


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