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Appeals Court Reverses $22M Award In 2013 Air Ambulance Crash

Posted at 11:37 AM, Mar 04, 2019

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling that awarded nearly $22 million to the survivors of three people killed in a 2013 air ambulance crash.

According to court records, a helicopter made by Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. crashed the night of June 6, 2013, on a return flight from a hospital in London to its base in Manchester.

Killed in the crash were pilot Eddy Sizemore, flight nurse Jesse Jones and flight medic Herman Lee Dobbs.

At trial, family members and estate managers claimed the crash was caused by a manufacturing defect while Bell Helicopter offered evidence of pilot error.

Ultimately, the a jury awarded survivors in excess of $21 million.

The Appeals Court, however, reversed and remanded the ruling after concluding the trial court had made errors in what it allowed as evidence.