Not far from Southern Nevada, a county sheriff’s office is reeling after four of its staff were seriously injured in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area. The pilot — a veteran of the Vietnam War with some 40 years of experience — was killed and three other passengers suffered major back and body injuries. All three survivors were airlifted from the scene, with one listed in critical condition and the other two in serious condition when they were hospitalized.
At this time, the circumstances of the crash remain mysterious as investigators analyze the crash scene and other information. Because the pilot was so experienced, the investigation may focus not on pilot error but rather for evidence of a mechanical failure. An equipment problem is often the culprit in Nevada airplane crashes and helicopter accidents, especially when the pilot has vast flying experience. Failure to continue regular maintenance is a frequent cause of a crash for low-budget skydiving or aerial tour companies.
The helicopter, a Hughes 500, was conducting a surveillance operation to seek possible locations for future installations of telecommunications equipment. The mountainous terrain may have figured into the accident, as abrupt changes in landscape can create unpredictable weather patterns, drafts, etc. Nonetheless, those injured and their families will likely pursue a Nevada product liability lawsuit with little hesitation if the investigation reveals evidence that a component of the aircraft was defective.
If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed in an airplane, biplane, helicopter, skydiving, or aerial tour, you should contact our experienced Southern Nevada aircraft accident lawyers today. We are familiar with the most common issues in these cases, and we have also seen a diverse enough set of cases to know how to handle virtually any airplane crash lawsuit. We offer free consultations and can also visit interested clients at a hospital or other facility.