Air Ambulance Crash Case Won’t Go to Trial

A legal settlement has been agreed to in the case of a tragic EMS helicopter crash

MERCY AIR MED CRASH

The deadly remains of Mercy Air Med EMS air ambulance in Iowa

Pilot Gene Grell

Pilot Gene Grell

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.

 

Paramedic Russek Piehl

Paramedic Russ Piehl

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.

N Shelly

Shelly Lair-Langenbau, RN

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.

Here’s another look at the ugly reality of EMS helicopters:

Iowa medical helicopter crash was second on same day

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