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Five Killed in Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam Tour Helicopter Accident

A 31-year-old helicopter pilot and four passengers were killed in a Las Vegas helicopter accident. According to The Associated Press, the fatal helicopter accident occurred near Lake Mead during a sightseeing flight over the Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Strip. Officials found the helicopter in a canyon west of the Colorado River approximately 30 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. An official with The National Park Service stated that the weather conditions were mostly clear and “there were no notable conditions that might have caused the wreck.”

The company involved in this tragic accident has reported transporting 167,182 passengers during the first 10 months of this year alone. Las Vegas has a number of tour companies that are responsible for the safety of their employees and customers. Any time there is a helicopter accident, there are a number of questions that must be asked. Was the pilot properly trained and licensed? Was the helicopter properly maintained? Was a part on the helicopter defective? Were the weather conditions safe for travel, or should the owner of the helicopter have cancelled the flight? In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, the at-fault pilot, helicopter owner, or defective product manufacturer can be held liable for the losses suffered.

The skilled Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Shook & Stone have experience helping victims of a wide range of accidents caused by another’s negligence receive the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If you have lost a loved one in one of these tragic accidents, please call our offices at 702-570-0000 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.

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