Relatives of two contract firefighters killed in a helicopter crash in Northern California last summer have filed lawsuits against the aircraft’s owner, manufacturers and a company that performed maintenance. The suits were filed by the families of 23-year-old Matthew Hammer and 29-year-old Bryan Rich. The lawsuits seek $10 million for the estates of each man. Seven others died when the helicopter crashed on takeoff in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Named as defendants were Carson Helicopters, General Electric, Columbia Helicopters, Sikorsky Aircraft and Sikorsky’s parent, United Technologies. Robert Hopkins, a Portland lawyer, represents both families. The suits are the second and third to be filed resulting from the crash.
Source: Associated Press
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