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Families of U.S. Army personnel killed in CASA 212 crash file suit against contr
14 June 2005

The families of three U.S. Army personnel who were killed in a CASA 212 accident in Afghanistan in November 2004, are now filing suit for negligence against Blackwater (and related companies like Presidential Airways). Blackwater is a large civilian contractor to the U.S. military. They claim that a proper flight plan had not been filed and the crew was newly deployed in the region. The crew was north of its intended route of flight and in violation of FAA regulations that required them to wear oxygen masks at an elevation above 10,000 feet. Blackwater did not provide them with adequate safety equipment including an advanced GPWS, a radar altimeter GPS. (Spohrer, Wilner, Maxwell and Matthews)