Lawsuit filed for September 2011 fatal R44 accident in Michigan

Lawsuit filed for September 2011 fatal R44 accident in Michigan 11 Apr, 12, Source:

The estate of a Michigan man killed in an R44 accident last September have filed a lawsuit claiming negligence contributed to the accident.  Relatives of passenger Mark May initiated the claim, accusing the estate of the late pilot Dan Logghe of negligence, and that company Logghe Stamping Co – founded by Logghe’s grandfather Morris Logghe – failed properly maintain the helicopter.  Pilot Dan Logghe was a vice president of the company.

Further it claims that Mr Logghe was inadequately trained and failed to “properly respond to an inflight loss of control… avoid natural obstacles before the flight … and … during the flight … and … follow the designated flight path”.

The defendants have stated that Mr May assumed risk by going on the “joint venture … with full knowledge of the conditions that created the said risk”.  Mr Logghe and Mr May apparently went to a hunting cabin some 15 miles from the accident site on a regular basis at weekends.  The preliminary NTSB report says the 500 feet long debris field was consistent with the helicopter hitting multiple trees.  It is also possible that low cloud was a factor.

See also the page for this accident – 23-Sep-11 N8324F Robinson R44 Curren, US-Michigan (2F)

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