A legal settlement has been agreed to in the case of a tragic EMS helicopter crash
In Sioux City Iowa the parties involved in a multi-million dollar lawsuit have settled their case, involving an emergency helicopter crash that killed 3 responders in a northern Iowa cornfield.
The helicopter had 3 people aboard: Paramedic Russ Piehl; Emergency Nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau, as well as the Pilot Gene Grell when it went down at 9 pm on January 2, 2013, near the town of Ventura when it was en route to pick up a patient.
The helicopter operator was contracted to Mercy Medical Center in Mason City under the name Mercy Air Med.
The NTSB investigation team determined that ice build-up on the aircraft was the cause of the crash. They say that particular helicopter – a Bell 407 – was not equipped for, and should not have been flying in, freezing weather.
The lawsuit was filed by the family of Nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau against Med Trans Corporation in the months following the crash. The trial in Sioux City Federal Court was scheduled to start on June 6 when the settlement was reached. Details of the agreement have not yet been released.
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