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"Widow Sues After Fatal Helicopter Crash"

August 4, 2006

The widow of a man killed in a helicopter crash during the taping of a film has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the movie producers, the pilot, and numerous others.

Roland Schlotzhauer, 50, was filming a scene for “The Final Season” on June 30, 2006, when the helicopter crashed into a field in eastern Iowa. The pilot and the film's producer survived the crash but sustained serious injury.

According to the lawsuit filed by Schlotzhauer's widow, Kathryn, the accident could have been avoided had the producers and other defendants taken greater safety precautions. Her complaint specifically cites their “reckless and depraved conduct.”

The lawsuit names 19 defendants including the Sean Astin, the film's lead actor, the two survivors of the crash, the local power company, and the special-effects company.

Kathryn Schlotzhauer is seeking unspecified damages, including $50,000 in punitive damages.

Injured in a helicopter accident? Please contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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Aviation law is becoming increasingly important, as the number of passengers and airplane flights grows larger. Human mistakes and mechanical difficulties are two of the most common causes of aviation accidents. Our expert aviation accident attorneys can help families and victims of aircraft accidents and help eliminate preventable disasters from occurring in the future.

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