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Helicopter Fire & Crash - California
The plaintiff in this case was the family of a helicopter pilot who died in a crash. The helicopter had been used for crop dusting and had just returned from the application of sulfur. The next application was potassium permanganate. Evidently, all of the sulfur was not removed from the hopper before the potassium permanganate was loaded. Since sulfur is a combustible material and potassium permanganate is an oxidizer, there was a fire on-board within ten minutes after the helicopter took off. The pilot attempted to land but hit electric power lines which resulted in a crash and fire.
Chemaxx was hired to determine if the distributor's labels were adequate. This case involved OSHA, DOT, and EPA Regulations, as well as National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Standards and the Hazardous Materials Identification Labeling System (HMIS).
Dr. Fox is a fire expert, explosion expert and chemical expert with extensive experience in OSHA, EPA and DOT chemical regulations and chemical safety.
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