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Air Angels Suspends Operations

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Feb 20, 2009 7:20PM

Air Angels, the emergency transport company based in Bolingbrook that was involved in a helicopter crash in Aurora that killed four people last October, announced yesterday that it is going out of business. Air Angels and its parent company are facing a lawsuit from the family of the 14-month-old patient that was killed in the crash, and their helicopters have been grounded for two months. The full report of what caused the crash has not been released yet, but the the attorney working for the family said that the Air Angels could have prevented the crash if it had installed navigation software and followed federal recommendations to use a terrain avoidance warning system in the cockpit. The company's 33 employees all received a 60-day notice of termination yesterday, and Air Angels says it is working with local hospitals to assure emergency transport services in the region are not compromised.