Suit Filed in Fatal Helicopter Crash

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Robb & Robb LLC Representing the Plaintiff in Lawsuit against Engine Maker, Owner of Transmission Lines, Rotor Blade Manufacturer and Hospital

The family of a flight nurse killed in a helicopter crash last August has filed a wrongful death lawsuit (CASE NO. 49D01-0905-CT-022863) in Marion County Superior Court. On August 31, 2008 a Bell 206 helicopter operating as an air ambulance for Air Evac Lifeteam crashed in Burney, Indiana.

Sandra Pearson, age 38, left two children, Gabrielle Morae Pearson, age 8 and Garrett Rigdon Pearson, age 10. The National Bank of Indianapolis as personal representative of the children is suing Rolls-Royce, the engine maker, Decatur County REMC, the owner of the unmarked transmission lines, Rush Memorial Hospital, which authorized the flight mission and allegedly provided improper maintenance, and Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. which provided the main rotor blade.

The helicopter was on a community relations mission to Burney, Indiana visiting the Burney Fire Department. Also on board, in addition to Ms. Pearson, were Wade Weston, the EMT technician and Roger Warren, the pilot.

Shortly after take off, the helicopter was observed flying over unmarked tension wires when the main rotor blade fractured and the helicopter crashed. All aboard were killed.

Post-crash investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that the helicopter's main rotor blade had fractured. "The tip of the main rotor blade struck the utility wire or it just fractured on its own," said Gary C. Robb, a helicopter crash lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri who represents the Pearson family. "It is very rare to see a main rotor blade just come apart in mid-air on its own without hitting any fixed obstacle or structure."

The children seek unspecified damages for the loss of their mother. For further information on behalf of the Pearson family, call Missouri personal injury attorney Gary C. Robb of Robb & Robb LLC in Kansas City, Missouri at (816) 474-8080.

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Robb & Robb LLC was founded in 1984 by Kansas City attorneys Gary C. Robb and Anita Porte Robb. The firm has handled many precedent-setting, high-profile and complex cases in the fields of aviation law, hazardous product liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, premises liability and trucking and transportation liability.

Robb & Robb has been recognized by national media and a number of professional organizations as the leading aviation accident lawyers in the United States. They have received both local Missouri and national media attention, including featured spots on the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, NBC's Today Show, CBS This Morning, Larry King Live,, AOL Online, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, Lawyers Weekly USA, BNA Reporter, The Missouri Lawyers Weekly and The Kansas City Star.

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