A 69-year-old pilot who was disabled on a helicopter crash is claiming $10 million from the Helicopter company, “Hevi lift”, for not warning him of weather phenomena.
An Oil Search Bell 206 helicopter operated by Hevi Lift crashed in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, in 2006, while transporting six workers from an oil and gas mine in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. killing three and injuring for including pilot.
Mr. Bruce Tower, the pilot claims that international aviation company, Hevi Lift, failed to warn him of weather conditions on the day his helicopter crashed, that left him unable to walk.
In 2016 a court found aviation company, Hevilift, failed to provide pilot Bruce Towers with adequate flight instruments and training required show the weather patters in that region, that led to the crash.
He is now suing in civil court to claim $10 million in damages from the company, saying he “shouldn’t have survived” the horrific accident.
“All of a sudden I got a sudden temperature change and it went into sheer fog on the 4,000–5,000-foot mountain,” he said.
“This particular helicopter that I was flying in didn’t have gyro instruments in that I could keep the helicopter upright.”
Within 30 seconds the helicopter slammed into a tree and crashed, falling about 50 metres, killing three passengers and “mashing” Mr Towers’ spine.
Justice James Henry also found the company breached its duty of care by not informing Mr Towers of weather phenomena in the region, which caused clouds to form suddenly in the late afternoon.