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Indian couple’s family files lawsuit against US chopper firm

Family members of Lovish Bhanot, 28, and Anupama, 26, who were killed in a chopper crash at Las Vegas in the US on December 7, have filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful death.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2011 01:54 IST

Family members of Lovish Bhanot, 28, and Anupama, 26, who were killed in a chopper crash at Las Vegas in the US on December 7, have filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful death.

The civil lawsuit, filed by a lawyer on behalf of the family has named Sundance Helicopters — the Las Vegas-based operator of the chopper that crashed near Lake Mead — as the accused.

The lawsuit was filed in the Clark County District Court.

Accusing the chopper company for the mishap, Puneet Sharma, Lovish’s cousin, said, “They have had similar accidents in 2003 and 2009. Our family has suffered the irreparable loss because of their incompetence.”

A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), US, read, “The chopper, built in 1989, underwent maintenance the day before the crash during which the engine and parts of the rotors were replaced.”

“In the final minute before the crash, the tour helicopter shot up 600 feet, turned left, dropped 800 feet and turned left again, radar records indicate,” the report further reads.

Meanwhile, the last rites of the victims will be performed in the US due to tough paperwork involved in getting the bodies back home, a family member said. “A relative has already left for Las Vegas. More will reach there soon. Our family wanted the cremations to be conducted in Gurgaon. We tried our best but were helpless due to tough procedures,” Sharma added.

Lovish, an MBA graduate, was the CEO of a property brokerage firm, Lyca Investment Ltd. He took over the reins of the company after the death of his father three years ago.

Lovish used to live with his mother and wife in an apartment in Sector 50 near Sohna Road.

The couple had got married on November 6 and left for their honeymoon on November 23. They were scheduled to return on December 20.

The three other victims were the pilot, 31-year-old Landon Neild of Las Vegas, and 49-year-old passengers Delwin and Tamara Chapman, a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. All victims died from multiple blunt force and thermal injuries in the fiery crash.

(With inputs from agencies)