Helicopter Accidents

Helicopters and related types of aviation accidents are not as common as automobile collisions, but these crashes can often involve much more serious consequences for the people involved. If a person is lucky enough to survive a helicopter accident, the victim still often suffers some type of catastrophic injury.

Aviation crashes are far more complex than personal injury claims relating to car collisions. It is critical for the family members of any person killed in a helicopter accident to make sure that all evidence is preserved and a complete investigation is conducted.

Attorney for Helicopter Accidents in Chicago, IL

If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a helicopter crash in the greater Cook County area, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents clients injured in aviation accidents in Chicago, Elgin, Evanston, Des Plaines, Berwyn, and many surrounding areas of northern Illinois.

Susan E. Loggans is not only an experienced personal injury lawyer in Chicago, but she also has been a multi-engine pilot for more than 30 years. Our attorney can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (302) 201-8600 to take advantage of a free, no-obligation consultation. Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless you receive a monetary award.


Cook County Helicopter Accidents Information Center


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Common Helicopter Uses in Illinois

Certain operating characteristics of helicopters—such as their ability to take off and land vertically or their ability to hover without moving—often means that they are the preferred method of transportation for certain tasks which might be more difficult or impossible with other aircrafts. Helicopters serve a wide variety of function in the Chicago area.

Some of the most common uses of helicopters in Illinois include, but are not limited to:

  • Air medical services
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Industrial / construction operations
  • Professional photography
  • Firefighting operations
  • Military operations
  • Law enforcement operations
  • News coverage
  • Search and rescue operations
  • Transport

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Causes of Helicopter Crashes in Chicago

A helicopter accident can be the result of any number of possible factors. Multiple parties could be liable for a victim’s injuries, including—but not limited to—the pilot or operator of the helicopter, the owner of the helicopter, a parts manufacturer, an employer, or a hospital or other medical services provider.

Diligent investigations of crash scenes often uncover evidence that is used to hold negligent parties accountable. Some of the most common causes of helicopter accidents in Illinois include, but are not limited to:

  • Defectively manufactured parts
  • Pilot error
  • Failure to maintain
  • Helicopter pad operator negligence
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Helicopter pad operator negligence
  • Mechanical malfunctions / faulty equipment
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation violations

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Cook County Helicopter Accident Resources

Helicopter Instructor's Handbook — View this technical manual published by the FAA for applicants who are preparing for their flight instructor pilot certificate with a helicopter class rating. In addition to introductions to flight training and helicopters, the handbook also covers the aerodynamics of flight as well as helicopter flight controls, components, sections, systems, and performance. The manual also covers preflight and postflight procedures, basic flight maneuvers, and advanced flight maneuvers.

US Helicopter Accidents Decrease | FAA — View a February 10, 2017, FAA news release discussing decreases in helicopter accident and fatality rates. According to the FAA, 2016 marked the third straight year that both rates have fallen. The overall accident rate fell to 3.19 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 compared with 3.67 accidents in 2015, 4.26 accidents in 2014, and 4.95 accidents in 2013, while the fatal accident rate fell to 0.51 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 compared with a 0.52 rate in 2015, a 0.65 rate in 2014, and a 1.02 rate in 2013.

Helicopter Accidents: Statistics, Trends and Causes | International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) — The IHST is a team of government, and industry leaders formed to address the factors affecting an unacceptable international civil helicopter accident rate with the mission to “Establish international partnerships in countries with significant helicopter operations and encourage development and implementation of safety interventions by sharing lessons learned through accident analysis.” View a collection of helicopter accident statistics presented at the IHST Regional Partners Panel on March 2, 2016. The report concluded that in general aviation and aircraft owner sectors, where light helicopters are the most widely used, registered accident number for the 2005-2015 period has been showing an upward trend and tend to increase, but the number of accidents per registered aircraft for the period from 2009 to 2015 had been decreasing and tend to decrease.


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Susan E. Loggans & Associates | Chicago Helicopter Accident Lawyer

Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a helicopter crash in northern Illinois? Do not make any recorded statements or sign any paperwork without legal representation. Contact Susan E. Loggans & Associates as soon as possible.

Chicago personal injury attorney Susan E. Loggans represents individuals and families in communities throughout Cook County, such as Elmhurst, Park Ridge, Calumet City, Burbank, Oak Forest, and many others. Call (302) 201-8600 or complete an online contact form to have our lawyer review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.


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