Wrongful death suit filed over 2016 Arizona helicopter crash

PHOENIX (AP) — The families of two pilots who died in a 2016 helicopter crash in western Arizona have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the California-based manufacturer of the aircraft.

The suit filed last Friday in a Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges defective rotor blades on the Robinson R66 helicopter contributed to the fatal crash on June 23, 2016.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the helicopter went down in hilly desert terrain near Wikieup (WHIH’-kee-up) on an afternoon flight from Prescott, Arizona, to Riverside, California.

An NTSB report says the helicopter experienced high winds and turbulence in a “mast bumping event” and the R66 broke up on impact, leaving a debris field 750 yards long and 150 yards wide.

The suit seeks unspecified damages against the Robinson Helicopter Company.

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