Filing Made On Behalf Of Family Of Couple Fatally Injured In
A lawsuit has been filed in a Nevada court stemming from an
accident involving a Las Vegas-based tour helicopter which went
down near Lake Mead in December. The suit is the second to be filed
following the accident.
Attorney Gary Robb of Kansas City, MO, filed the suit on behalf
of the family of Delwin and Tamera Chapman. The Utica, KS, couple
was celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in Las Vegas when
they booked the sightseeing tour. Robb told the Associated Press
that the effect on the family was "horribly sad." The suit, which
seeks unspecified damages, was filed against tour operator Sundance
Helicopters. The company's CEO Larry Pietropaulo said in a
statement only that he was working openly with all parties
involved, but did not respond to specific allegations in the
Robb is the same attorney who filed the other lawsuit in
conjunction with the accident. He says he suspects both pilot error
and mechanical failure.
According the the NTSB, a replacement engine and servo actuators
for the main and tail rotors had been installed in the accident
aircraft as part of a regular maintenance regimen the day before
the accident. It had been flown successfully in one test flight and
on two tours before the accident flight.
Robb says he will use the same evidence in both cases but will
seek separate trials.