Reposted with corrections. The widow of Emil Rivera-Lopez, a member of the 160th Special Operations Air Regiment who died in a helicopter crash off the coast of Yemen in 2017, is suing some of America’s largest defense manufacturers. Allegedly, her husband’s Black Hawk helicopter was improperly assembled and maintained, which caused its engine to shut off at a critical moment.
The Black Hawk helicopter is one of the most trusted and widely-used aircrafts in our military. They have been used for Special Ops missions, to deliver SEALs to combat zones, and for rescue missions.
The claim is that there certain critical engine parts were improperly installed, causing a catastrophic fuel leak. An automated system then overreacted and shut the entire engine down. There is no explanation of how this information was obtained for the law suit and Lockheed Martin has declined comment.