A lawsuit has been filed against the companies that operated an emergency medical helicopter that crashed in Aurora last fall, killing a 14-month-old patient and the three crew members. Robert and Brooke Blockinger of Leland, Illinois, filed the lawsuit against Air Angels of Bolingbrook, Reach Medical Holdings and the pilot. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges widespread negligence and systemic failures to adhere to safety practices that would have prevented the accident.
Best practices recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration, but not adopted by Air Angels, included assigning two pilots to flights, supplying them with night-vision goggles and advanced training, and outfitting medical helicopters with terrain-awareness systems. The Bell 222 helicopter transporting Kirstin Reann was flying low from a hospital in Sandwich to Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago when it hit a radio-tower support wire and crashed in Aurora.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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