The Latest: Man badly hurt in Colorado air crash gets $100M

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Posted: Feb 01, 2018 4:10 PM

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a $100 million settlement in a Colorado helicopter crash (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

An aircraft manufacturer and a medical flight operator have agreed to pay $100 million to a flight nurse who was severely burned in a Colorado helicopter crash.

Attorneys for David Repsher say Airbus Helicopters, the manufacturer, and Air Methods Corp., the operator, agreed to the payment to settle Repsher's lawsuit over the 2015 crash in the mountain town of Frisco.

The pilot was killed and another flight nurse was injured.

Airbus called the crash a tragedy. Air Methods says it hopes the settlement provides closure. Both said they have made safety improvements.

Repsher's lawsuit said the helicopter wasn't equipped with a crash-resistant fuel system and that his seat wasn't sufficiently anchored. Repsher was thrown from the helicopter in the seat.

Gary Robb, one of Repsher's attorneys, says Airbus would pay $55 million and Air Methods $45 million.

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1:18 p.m.

Lawyers for a flight nurse who was severely injured in a Colorado helicopter crash say two companies have agreed to pay him $100 million.

Attorneys told The Associated Press on Thursday that the settlement will be paid to David Repsher, who was severely burned when the medical helicopter crashed in the mountain town of Frisco in 2015.

The pilot was killed and another flight nurse was injured.

Airbus Helicopters, which manufactured the aircraft, confirmed it's paying some of the $100 million but declined to say how much. Airbus spokesman James Darcy called the crash a tragedy and said the company has made safety improvements.

Gary Robb, one of Repsher's attorneys, says the other company contributing to the settlement is Air Methods Corp., which operated the helicopter. A spokeswoman had no immediate comment.