Rotocraft Leasing non-suited in chopper crash suit

David Yates Jun. 21, 2011, 5:21am


Rotocraft Leasing has been non-suited from a wrongful death lawsuit filed over a December 2008 helicopter crash.

As previously reported, Nina Conn and her children filed suit against Rotorcraft Leasing on May 18, 2009, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the company left the helicopter that crash-landed and killed her husband out in inclement weather.

Two years later, on May 12 Coon moved to non-suit Rotorcraft without prejudice, dropping all her claims against the company.

Court records show that the helicopter crash-landed on Dec. 11, 2008.

The defendants had allegedly left the craft sitting outside during a rare ice and snow storm that hit the area that night.

The helicopter took off from Rotorcraft's base in Sabine Pass and was heading for an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. About 18 miles off shore, the craft crashed, killing the pilot and all four passengers on board.

"The helicopter ... was covered with ice and snow before the fatal flight," the suit states, adding the defendants negligently failed to remove the snow and ice before takeoff.

The plaintiffs are represented by Provost Umphrey attorney Joe Fisher.

Irving attorney Todd Parrish of Kern & Wooley represents Rotorcraft.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is presiding.

Case No. E184-100

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