Sikorsky reaches settlement over fatal ’14 Navy copter crash

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to settle wrongful death and negligence claims in a lawsuit filed over the 2014 crash of a Navy helicopter that killed three of the five crew members during a training exercise off the Virginia coast.

Court documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Sikorsky has reached a “settlement in principle” with the widows of the three crewmen and a survivor of the crash who filed the lawsuit in federal court in Connecticut last year. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed.

The lawsuit blames Sikorsky and other companies for installing what it alleges was defective and unsafe wiring insulation that contributed to a fire that erupted aboard the MH-53E Sea Dragon copter and caused the accident.

A Sikorsky lawyer declined to comment.

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