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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Van Dorn et al. v. Sikorsky et al. (MH-53E Sea Dragon Crash)

The widows of three sailors killed when their MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crashed off the Virginia coast in January 2014 sued the manufacturer, Sikorsky Aircraft, and other companies that produced components for the helicopter. The lawsuit alleges that Sikorsky (acquired in 2015 by Lockheed Martin) and the other companies, including General Electric and L-3 Communications, designed and manufactured an unsafe helicopter and failed to warn the government about the risks. The lawsuit alleges the Sea Dragon is equipped with electrical wires that are prone to sparking fires and are placed too close to the fuel lines. Lt. Sean Snyder, Lt. Wes Van Dorn, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Collins were killed in the crash. Also named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit is Petty Officer 2nd Class Dylan Boone, who was severely injured in the crash. In December 2016, Sikorsky reached a settlement in principle with the plaintiffs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
Defense - Navy
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Complaint
12/28/2015
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Lockheed Martin Undisclosed
L-3 Communications $0
General Electric $0
Further Information Released
Complaint 12/28/2015

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database