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Sightseeing Helicopter Crash in Pigeon Forge

NBC affiliate WSMV asked Baum Hedlund Aviation attorney Ronald L.M. Goldman to discuss the tragic crash, specifically what issues he has seen in Bell 206 helicopter crashes. Goldman, who has represented victims in dozens of hundreds of aviation lawsuits, says these tourist helicopter rides come with more risk than he’d like.

As for the Bell 206 itself, Goldman says the model is reasonably safe but has found problems in past cases with the aircraft’s design and maintenance. In particular, Goldman says the integrity of the Bell 206 gas tank is a big issue.