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Our helicopter crash lawyers can help you seek answers and pursue compensation if you or a loved one is seriously injured or killed in helicopter crash. To schedule a free case review, contact a helicopter crash lawyer today.

Helicopter Tour Crashes

In early December 2011 a couple on their honeymoon and another couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary were killed in a helicopter crash on a sightseeing flight headed towards Hoover Dam. The pilot was also killed.

Radar records show the plane shot up, turned left, plunged 800 feet, turned left again and plummeted into a ravine. The plane burst into flames. Sundance Helicopters tour company operated the helicopter.

Mark Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member, told reporters that up until the crash, everything seemed fine. The pilot flew from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on a standard tour route to Hoover Dam. NTSB released the preliminary report of the accident and will continue the investigation over the coming months.

In 200, a Sundance-operated helicopter was involved in another tour crash. The pilot and six passengers were killed in the accident when the helicopter hit a canyon wall near the Grand Canyon.

Crashes of helicopters giving tours are not uncommon. Another tour helicopter crashed, also in early December 2011, killing the pilot and four tourists. The helicopter, operated by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, smashed into a ridge on Molokai Island, Hawaii and then burst into flames.

Contact an Experienced Helicopter Crash Attorney

Aircraft accident cases are extremely complex, especially when everyone on board is killed. It is very important to be represented by an attorney knowledgeable about the rules and regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration, which is the branch of government responsible for creating and enforcing aviation laws.

If your loved one is killed while site seeing on a helicopter, you might be eligible for compensation for your loss. To find out more information, schedule a free case review with a qualified helicopter crash lawyer today.

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Causes of Crashes

Some of the most common causes of aviation accidents include:

  • Pilot error
  • Negligence by a flight service employee or air traffic controller
  • Faulty equipment or mechanical failure
  • Harsh weather conditions
  • Violations of FAA safety regulations

Aviation Facts

  • Approximately 80 percent of all plane crashes occur shortly before or after takeoff or landing due to human error or mechanical failures.
  • According to an aviation accident survey of nearly 2,200 plane crashes from 1950 to 2004, the number one cause of aviation accidents is pilot error, which results in 45 percent of accidents. Undetermined causes: 33 percent. Mechanical failure: 13 percent.
  • In 2005, there were a total of 1,764 aviation accidents in the United States that resulted in 600 fatalities. Low-level maneuvering of an aircraft was the leading cause of fatal aviation accidents from 1998 to 2004.
  • In 2004, more than 70 percent of all plane crashes that ended in serious injury or fatality occurred during a personal flight. General aviation accidents occur more frequently than airline or business aviation accidents.
  • The most recent statistics on midair collisions has shown a steady decline. In 2004, there were 10 midair accidents resulting in 10 fatalities compared to 11 collisions in 2003 with 23 deaths.