Fatalities In S.C. Helicopter Crash Due To Lack Of Safety Features

South Carolina accident lawyers at Howell and Christmas want you to know that a medical helicopter that crashed and killed three crew members, lacked several important safety features.

After dropping a patient off at a Charleston hospital, the helicopter was flying northeast towards Conway when it crashed in Georgetown County. The helicopter flew through two thunderstorms but officials have not determined whether the conditions were a factor in the fatal crash.

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said that the helicopter did not have night-vision equipment or a system to warn the crew that it was flying too close to obstacles on the ground. The NTSB believes these features could prevent many accidents and encourages medical helicopter programs to adopt them. After any serious accident, Charleston injury attorneys suggest that those hurt obtain copies of all reports created by state and federal agencies that investigate the crash.

Source: AP-“NTSB: Medical Helicopter Lacked Safety Features”- October 8, 2009

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