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Fatal coverup of defective Army helicopter parts alleged in lawsuit

Fatal coverup of defective Army helicopter parts alleged in lawsuit

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.washingtonpost.com

The families of two U.S. soldiers who were in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2013 have filed a lawsuit against a company that makes a key piece of the aircraft involved, saying the aviation firm is responsible for the crash.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 James E. Groves III, 37, was killed in the crash of the Kiowa Warrior OH-58D on March 16, 2013. His co-pilot, 1st Lt. Jonathon K. Kohl, 25, suffered severe spine and head trauma, and has undergone numerous surgeries, said an attorney for the two families, Timothy Loranger. Kohl remains confined to a wheelchair with a long list of medical ailments.

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The wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit names Goodrich Pump and Engine Control Systems Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., and the parent company that acquired it around the time of the crash, Triumph Group Inc., of Berwyn, Pa. The suit cites the failure of a component in the aircraft’s Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC), a digital device that makes sure there is enough fuel going to the helicopter’s engine.

Triumph could not be reached immediately for comment. The lawsuit alleges the company’s design of the engine control unit in the FADEC was “defective and unreasonably dangerous,” and accuses Goodrich and Triumph of concealing defects in it while continuing to supply parts to companies and the U.S. government.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Groves III was killed in a helicopter crash in March 2013. (Photo courtesy Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.)
First Lt. Jonathon Kohl suffered life-altering injuries in a March 2013 helicopter crash in Afghanistan, and is confined to a wheelchair. (Photo courtesy Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.)

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