Beasley Allen files lawsuit for family of Marine killed in Osprey helicopter crash

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March 29, 2016


Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of a Marine killed in a helicopter training mission in Hawaii. The V22 Osprey helicopter in which Matthew J. Determan died crashed and burned during a landing attempt.

The complaint alleges the engine air filtration system in the V22 Osprey is defective and cannot properly filter particulates from entering the engines. As a result, the subject Osprey suffered an engine failure and crashed. Lance Cpl. Determan’s parents are represented by Cole Portis and Mike Andrews from Beasley Allen, and Melvin Y. Agena, a lawyer based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Defendants are The Boeing Company, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., and Eaton Aerospace, LLC.

“We have successfully handled cases involving the Osprey before and are very familiar with its history of crashes,” Andrews said. “Our clients’ son intended to be a career marine and was looking forward to a life of service. Instead he was killed as a result of a dangerous and defective aircraft which has killed many other young Marines.”

The accident occurred on May 17, 2015, when the Marines were launching the Marine MV-22 Osprey helicopter from the Navy assault ship USS Essex for practiced landing, unloading, reloading and turning to ship. The subject Osprey was descending to the landing zone at Bellows Air Force Base in Waimanalo (Oahu) Hawaii when it crashed. The complaint is filed in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

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