Two U.S. military airmen, one stationed at Illinois’ Scott Air Force Base, were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense released a statement confirming the deaths of 38-year-old Master Sgt. Gregory Kuhse of Kalamazoo and 45-year-old Major Phyllis Pelky. The accident happened on October 11, in Kabul when the men were riding in a British Puma Mk 2 with members of the Britain’s Royal Air Force, two of which were killed. Five individuals were killed, and another five were seriously injured. The accident is under investigation.
Aviation accidents do not occur frequently but do have serious and deadly results. On average only 100 to 200 aviation accidents occur each year, but they result in approximately 1,000 to 1,500 fatalities. Planes travel at a high altitude location and at a high rate of speed, causing an impact to be severe. Aviation accidents can be caused by the negligence of the pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanical crews, and the airline. Those injured, and families that lose loved ones in an aviation accident may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and mental anguish. To hold any and all negligent parties accountable for an accident, it is imperative to consult an experienced St. Louis aviation accident attorney.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have handled thousands of accident cases. We have recovered over $350 million for our clients and will work diligently on your case. Our attorneys will use their expertise and their skill to investigate your accident, collect all evidence, and fight to recover the maximum compensation for your damages. Contact us today to receive a free no-obligation consultation.