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Judge considers suit over 2002 Hercules tanker crash
8 January 2006

A federal judge is considering a request to dismiss a lawsuit against former aerial firefighting company Hawkins & Powers Aviation and others over a fatal crash of a C-130 Hercules in 2002. The lawsuit was brought in 2004 by relatives of the two men killed in the crash. It names the company, Hawkins & Powers employees and a host of others and claims, among other things, negligence and wrongful death. The families seek unspecified damages. Attorneys asked the Chief U.S. District Judge either to dismiss the entire case or to drop certain defendants, such as the U.S. Forest Service, from the matter. An attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice said the Forest Service, which contracted with Hawkins & Powers for use of the air tanker in fighting wildfires, had no obligation to supervise the plane’s maintenance. (The Billings Gazette)