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Helicopter Company Blamed for Crash in Peru

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - The surviving relatives of two men who were killed in a helicopter crash in Peru seek to hold the company that owned the helicopters liable.

In January, a helicopter with a team of men working in oil exploration crashed shortly after taking off from the Pucallpa Airport in Peru.

Seven people, including Dann Immel and Leon Bradford, died in the crash.

The men's family members sued the Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters Leasing, which leased the helicopter that crashed, for wrongful death, negligence and product liability.

They say the helicopter crashed "due to failure and separation of its rotor."

Without naming specific details, the family members claim there was a defect in the helicopter that caused the rotor to become separated.

A representative with Columbia Helicopters declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The named plaintiffs are Dann Immel's son and parents and Leon Bradford's wife, four children and mother. Each family member seeks $15 million in damages.

They are represented by Matthew Clarke of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP.

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