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Helicopter Crashes Shouldn’t Mean Burns

Jan 28, 2016

Fire-resistant crash systems have been available since 1977, but post-crash fires have resulted in at least 78 deaths since 1994

Helicopters have been unnecessarily igniting into flames after otherwise survivable crashes, killing passengers in post-crash fires, even though technology to prevent these fires has been available since 1977.

In the early 1970s, the United States military tested helicopter crashes and developed systems that virtually eliminated post-crash fires, so if a military helicopter were involved in a survivable crash, passengers could walk away. With the research and technology for these crashworthy systems completed, researchers noted as early as 1975 that the next logical step would be to bring these advancements to civilian helicopters, and no new scientific breakthroughs would be necessary to prevent these fires and subsequently save lives.

Despite the availability of fire-resistant systems at costs that are approximately 1 to 2 percent of the total cost of a helicopter unit, post-crash fires have caused the deaths of at least 78 people since 1994 – 78 lives were needlessly lost.

The Spence Law Firm is experienced investigating and handling cases for victims of helicopter crashes. We are available to answer your questions and stand with you when you need help. If you've been affected, contact us today.

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