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Couple receives $9.5 million in helicopter crash settlement


June 23, 2008 03:55 PM

By Roger Mari – bio | email

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HONOLULU (KHNL) – A $9.5 million dollar settlement has been reached in a case involving the crash of an interisland helicopter.

A couple from New Hampshire sustained spinal injuries, leaving the wife paralyzed from the waist down.

Douglas and Judy Barton were flying about 1,000 feet off the North Shore of Kauai in March of 2007 when they heard two loud popping sounds.

The problem was caused by metal fatigue, which resulted in a tail rotator failure.

“The helicopter had 16 prior tail rotator failures, this particular model, 10 of which were related to metal fatigue,” said attorney Rick Fried.

Two manufacturers, Boeing and Aluminum Precision Products will pay the $9.5 million.

Douglas and Judy plan to use the money to build a wheel-chair friendly house on their property.

They had gone to Kauai to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.