Three family members and two other individuals were recently killed in the eastern part of Tennessee after the tour helicopter they were aboard crashed, an April 5 article of NBC News reported.
Reports confirmed that no one survived from the “Bell 206L” tour craft of Smoky Mountain Helicopters on April 4, after it crashed at 3:30 p.m. in Sevier County. The deceased were later identified as Johna Morvant, 49, and her two children Parker Rasmussen, 18, Peyton Rasmussen, 22, and Peyton’s boyfriend Michael Glenn Mastalez. The chopper pilot was identified as Jason Dahl, 38. The tragic accident reportedly occurred after completing its first flight of the day. Initial investigations revealed that the incident happened after the chopper apparently struck a structure above the ridge.
National Transportation Safety Board senior safety investigator Luke Schiada believed that the investigations will take a year to complete.
Drummer of well-known rock band Blink-182, Travis Barker, recently recounted his experience of the September 2008 plane crash in South Carolina during an interview on Good Morning America. Barker gives a full description of the harrowing crash in his book, Can I Say.
The 39-year-old drummer and the late DJ Adam Goldstein were the only survivors of the airplane accident, including the Learjet’s crew, Berker’s security guard, and his assistant. The plane crashed after a tire blew out while they were attempting to take off from Columbia and return to California.
Barker, who underwent multiple surgeries and spent months in different care facilities, suffered serious burn injuries to over 65 percent of his body. Barker stated that his pain was so intense during recovery that he contemplated ending his own life. The drummer credited his two children for pulling him through, and stated that he will only consider boarding a plane again when his children ask him to.
The lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville have helped clients dealing with the aftermath of horrible plane accidents, and we understand exactly how painful and devastating the consequences can be. We know that when these accidents are caused by defective plane parts, the manufacturers should be held responsible for the damage they caused. To discuss your situation and legal options with our legal team, call (615) 277-2765 today.