$5.6M settlement for medical helicopter crash that killed flight nurse

06/01/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Indianapolis, IN—A $5.6 million settlement has been reached over the medical helicopter crash that killed a flight nurse in August 2008. The lawsuit was filed by the National Bank of Indianapolis on behalf of the nurse’s two children, as reported by the Indianapolis Star.

The medical helicopter crash killed flight nurse Sandra Pearson, 38; pilot Roger Warren, 43, and base manager Wade Weston 38, when the rotor separated from the Bell 206 Longranger helicopter. The aircraft crashed in a field outside Burney.

The lawsuit was filed in the Marion Superior Court, which was seeking compensation for Pearson’s death. A Hendricks County probate judge approved the award on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

The lawsuit named Rolls-Royce, the helicopter’s engine maker; Decatur County REMC, the utility responsible for maintaining power lines in the area; Rushville Memorial Hospital, which dispatched the helicopter; and Bell Helicopter Textron, the rotor manufacturer, as the defendants.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) discovered that a flawed main rotor blade had shattered just after taking off.

The multi-million dollar settlement will be deposited into Pearson’s children’s trust accounts until they turn 18. Pearson had two children, Gabrielle, 8, and Garrett, 10.

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