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US$100-million settlement for flight nurse
David Repsher, a flight nurse with Air Methods Corp. who was severely injured when the helicopter air ambulance in which he was flying crashed in 2015, will receive $100 million in settlement from Airbus (paying $55 million), the manufacturer, and Air Methods (paying $45 million). A spokesman for Airbus said the crash was ‘an immense tragedy’, and pointed out that the company has since made safety modifications to the helicopter model.
The lawsuit, which had been scheduled for trial in March this year, argued that Repsher’s injuries were a result of two failings – the helicopter wasn’t equipped with a crash-resistant fuel system, and the seat in which he was sitting was not sufficiently anchored.
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