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Multiple agencies investigate fatal work accident

Anyone in North Carolina who has ridden in a helicopter likely recognizes the need for pilots to be highly skilled. Unfortunately, even experienced professionals may be unable to overcome hazardous situations that occur while in the air. For example, officials say that a helicopter pilot recently killed in an out-of-state work accident was a knowledgeable, well-trained pilot.

The accident that resulted in the 37-year-old pilot's death occurred just before noon on a day in May. According to reports, the pilot was performing approach-training exercises using instruments when workers near the accident site claim they heard a loud screeching noise that seemed to grow louder. One worker says when he looked out of a window, he saw the helicopter crash and explode.

Reports indicate that the crash occurred in a drainage ditch behind a post office. The man passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the collision, but officials say there was only minor damage to building and cars nearby. Multiple agencies -- representing both the state and federal government -- are investigating the incident.

While fully understanding the cause of the man's accident may help family members find some closure, many in North Carolina grieving the loss of a loved one due to a work accident find themselves struggling financially as well as emotionally. Loss of wages in combination with funeral expenses are often more than many families can handle. While families often qualify for workers' compensation benefits, many find the process confusing and complicated, especially during a time of grief.  As a  result, they seek guidance from professionals who have experience with the compensation process and can guide them through it.

Source:, "Pilot killed in New Castle helicopter crash identified", Adam Duvernay , Karl Baker , Brittany Horn , Scott Goss and Alonzo Small, May 25, 2017

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