Settlement Reached in WNBC News Chopper Crash
- The suit alleged the helicopter lost control due to dangerous design of the flight control system and poor maintenance.
- The Eurocopter AS-350BA experienced a complete loss of control while hovering, causing it to impact multiple residences in Brooklyn, New York.
- Defendants included Eurocopter of France and its American affiliate as well as the helicopter owner and charter operator.
Kreindler attorneys Francis G. Fleming and Michael R. Sherwin announce the recent settlement of personal injury claims related to the crash of WNBC News Chopper 4 on May 4, 2004.
The helicopter, a Eurocopter AS-350BA, was destroyed when it experienced a complete loss of control while hovering, causing the helicopter to impact multiple residences in Brooklyn, New York. You can read more about the accident on the NTSB website. Interestingly, other news gathering helicopters were in the area during the incident and filmed live television footage of this dramatic crash.
A suit by Kreindler & Kreindler on behalf of an injured passenger against Eurocopter of France and its American affiliate, as well as the helicopter owner and charter operator, alleged that the helicopter lost control due to the dangerous design of the flight control system and its components, and poor maintenance and inspection of the flight control system. The suit further claimed that the crash was a part of a series of over 40 other incidents involving the Eurocopter’s flight control system.
The details of the settlement remain confidential.