Our Military Injury Claims team has secured £1.4m in compensation for the family of a serviceman who tragically died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2014.
The serviceman, who was married with two children, was the Aircraft Commander of a military Lynx helicopter and was taking part in a training exercise when the crash happened. In the helicopter along with the client was the pilot, an Aircraft Crewman and two passengers.
The serviceman’s widow contacted our military injury solicitors to see if we could help her claim compensation to support the family after her husband’s death. An inquest into the deaths of all those on board took place in 2016.
The Coroner confirmed that the accident was the result of a loss of situational awareness by the handling pilot, as well as under-manning the aircraft and having an ‘unsatisfactory’ training system. It was stated that all of the above resulted in the potential for a high-risk flight, and the pilot not having the necessary skills to operate the aircraft.
Originally the MoD denied responsibility for the accident until September 2018. In November 2018, the serviceman’s family was awarded a settlement of £1.4m for the loss of their father and husband.
f you have lost a loved one while they were serving in the Armed Forces, or if you yourself have been injured whilst in service, visit our Military Injury Claims page to find out how we could help.
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