Helicopter Co. can’t escape collision avoidance suit in Montana

By Jonathan Capriel (March 11, 2022, 3:23 PM EST) — Aircraft manufacturer Kaman cannot escape a lawsuit accusing it of faultily designing a helicopter that crashed and killed a pilot fighting a fire of forest, said a federal judge in Montana, finding his business with a single company in the state is enough to establish jurisdiction.

Kaman Aerospace Corp. had argued that the district court should not force him to face a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the father of Thomas Duffy, the 40-year-old veteran pilot who died in a Kaman-built K-MAX, because the the state is not the right place.

The Connecticut-based company said it has no employees in Montana and does not advertise there. This…

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