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Helicopter Crash Lawsuit Update
Jury deliberations will resume in Portland Tuesday (today) in a lawsuit over the 2008 crash of a helicopter that killed nine firefighters on a wildfire in Northern California.
A pilot who survived the crash and the widow of one who didn't are suing General Electric for $177 million, claiming that the company knew the engines it made for the Sikorsky S-61N helicopter had a design flaw, making them unsafe.
GE says the helicopter crashed because it was carrying too much weight when it took off after picking up a firefighting crew on the Iron 44 wildfire on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Weaverville, Calif.
Jury deliberations began Thursday. They left the jury room late
Monday afternoon without reaching a verdict.