Crash of Hellenic Army UH-1H (Huey) military helicopter in February 2006: Update

The Thessaloniki Administrative Court of Appeals ruled in favour of the families of two helicopter pilots of the Hellenic Army who died when their UH-1H (Huey) type military helicopter crashed during night training operation on February 2006 in Northern Greece. The pilots had found themselves trapped in thick fog and their helicopter struck wire cables while they were trying emergency landing in hilly terrain.

Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates represented the families of both pilots and filed lawsuits against the Greek State and Hellenic Army Command claiming poor planning of the training operation and lack of safety oversight in relation to night training flights. Following a long and difficult trial which involved extended highly technical piloting and military training issues, the Court of Appeals found the Greek State liable for the accident and awarded significant sums for moral damages to the families of the two pilots.