Airbus Helicopters and Colorado-based Air Methods will pay a record-breaking $100 million to settle the lawsuit filed on behalf of a man critically injured during a fiery Flight for Life helicopter crash in 2015.

The amount of the settlement, bound to generate a massive amount of attention within the nation’s aviation community, was announced Thursday, a little more than a month before a trial was to begin in Colorado.

Flight nurse Dave Repsher suffered burns on more than 90 percent of his body after an Airbus AS-350 crashed shortly after takeoff from the Flight for Life base in Frisco, Colorado. As highlighted in a series of 9Wants to Know stories, the helicopter – while relatively new – was equipped with a plastic fuel tank that easily ruptured upon impact.

Surveillance video obtained exclusively by 9Wants to Know shows fuel pouring out of the helicopter a few seconds after impact.

Pilot Pat Mahany died shortly after the crash. While the fire contributed to his death, an autopsy report also showed massive internal injuries.


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