On August 10, 2001 a sightseeing helicopter crashed into a cliff in the Grand Canyon killing the pilot and David Daskal and three of his traveling companions.
The only survivor of the crash was Daskal’s wife, Chana, a 29-year-old mother of two.
In a lawsuit against the tour company, the pilot, and the helicopter manufacturer, Mrs. Daskal alleged all of the defendants were responsible in some way for the tragic crash that left her near death. She is still recovering from her injuries that included a broken back, burns over 80% of her body, and the amputation of both of her legs.
Her attorney, Gary Robb of Kansas City, Missouri, stated that: "Chana is delighted to have this part of her life over with. She’s pleased she doesn’t have to travel to Las Vegas for trial. The important thing is now she can address her needs."
The $38 million settlement, approved by Judge Nancy Saitta last week in Clark County District Court, is to be paid in a lump sum within 30 days and is ranked by a jury verdict tracking system as the largest pretrial cash settlement in a personal-injury case in U.S. history. The settlement details are sealed and cannot be disclosed.
The settlement resolves all claims against the defendants that included Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters in Las Vegas; American Eurocopter Corp. and Turbomeca Engine Corp., of Grand Prairie, Texas; Washington-based helicopter retailer Zuni LLC; and the estate of the pilot.