Sole Survivor Settles Lawsuit In Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash Of 2001


    LAS VEGAS – The sole survivor of a Grand Canyon sightseeing air crash that killed six people in 2001 has settled a lawsuit involving the tour company, pilot and helicopter manufacturer.

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    A lawyer for Ch. Daskal, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., said that a confidential financial agreement had been reached in the civil lawsuit stemming from the crash.

    Daskal has been slowly rehabilitating from near-fatal injuries she received in the crash Aug. 10, 2001. The mother of two suffered a broken back, burns over 80 percent of her body, and had both legs amputated after the helicopter crashed into a cliff during a sightseeing tour to the Grand Canyon.

    The National Transportation Safety Board blamed pilot error in a report last year.

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    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    18 years ago

    A Brooklyn woman who survived a Grand Canyon sightseeing air crash will receive $38 million, according to the terms of the settlement announced Friday involving the tour company, the pilot and the helicopter manufacturer.

    A lawyer for Chana Daskal, 29, said the defendants agreed to pay the settlement in a lump sum within 30 days

    “Chana is delighted to have this part of her life over with. She’s pleased she doesn’t have to travel to Las Vegas for trial. The important thing is now she can address her needs,” said Gary Robb, Daskal’s lawyer in Kansas City, Mo.

    Daskal’s medical bills have topped $11 million and her future care could cost $23 million, Robb said.

    Robb said the deal is ranked by a national jury verdict tracking system as the largest pretrial cash settlement in a personal injury case in U.S. history.