ELKINS - A lawsuit involving a man who was in a helicopter crash has been settled and dismissed from federal court.
Par Electrical Contractors Inc.; Quanta Services Inc.; and Robert Rogers were also named as defendants in the suit.
The parties informed the court by letter dated Aug. 15 that the parties have reached a settlement agreement on all issues in the suit, according to an order dismissing the case filed Aug. 20. Terms were not disclosed.
"(I)t is ordered that this civil action be... hereby dismissed with prejudice and retired from the active docket of this Court, subject to reopening on motion of any party, and for good cause shown, within ninety (90) days," the dismissal order states.
On Oct. 30, 2010, Jeffrey M. McKay was working on the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line and was required to be taken by helicopter in or around the job site, according to the complaint filed Oct. 15, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia at Elkins.
McKay claimed Rogers, the helicopter pilot, was operating a helicopter for WINCO to transport McKay, his co-workers and their equipment between the large towers carrying the transmission lines on which they were working.
Rogers carelessly, negligently and/or recklessly maneuvered the helicopter away from the tower, causing the external load sling to become entangled with the tower, according to the suit.
McKay claimed Rogers' careless, negligent and/or reckless actions caused the helicopter to violently crash to the ground.
As a direct and proximate result of the crash, McKay suffered severe and permanent injuries to his body, according to the suit.
McKay and his wife, Crystal L. McKay, were seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They were being represented by Robert D. Cline Jr., Robert A. Campbell and Eric M. Hayhurst of Farmer, Cline & Campbell PLLC.
The case was assigned to District Judge John Preston Bailey.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia at Elkins case number: 2:12-cv-00072