Congress OKs safety upgrades after Colorado helicopter crash

October 4, 2018

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — Congress has passed a measure requiring safer fuel systems in new helicopters, a response to a crash in Colorado.

The Summit Daily News reports the Senate gave final approval to the provision Wednesday. President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.

Colorado Democratic congressmen Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis added the safety requirement to a bill authorizing federal aviation programs. The provision also requires the government to encourage helicopter owners to make safety upgrades on existing aircraft.

A medical helicopter crashed and erupted into flames shortly after takeoff in Frisco in 2015, killing pilot Patrick Mahany and badly injuring flight nurse David Repsher.

Mahany’s wife, Karen Mahany, lobbied for changes in helicopter safety rules.

The aircraft manufacturer and the flight operator agreed to a $100 million settlement with Repsher.


Information from: Summit Daily News, http://www.summitdaily.com/

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