Crash survivor tries to sue Defence Force
Sat, 18 Aug 2012 11:07a.m.
The sole survivor of an air force Iroquois helicopter crash on Anzac Day 2010 is trying to sue the New Zealand Defence Force and chief of defence.
Sergeant Stevin Creeggan was seriously injured in the crash at Pukerua Bay that killed pilot Flight Lieutenant Hayden Madsen, Flying Officer Daniel Gregory and Corporal Benjamin Carson.
Their helicopter, "Black 2", was the second of three flying in formation that left Ohakea Airbase at 5:13am to fly over Anzac Day commemorations in Wellington.
A Defence Force spokesman confirmed that Sgt Creeggan, who is still in the air force, had taken legal action but could not comment further because the matter was before the courts.
The Defence Force was served with papers on July 18 and the issue in the case was failure to protect an employee in the workplace, Fairfax reported.
However, the case would have to be approved by the courts because it was more than six months after the incident.
A court of inquiry earlier found that the crew was not fully qualified or competent enough to fly in the formation, and risk-management processes failed to identify the dangers associated with using night-vision goggles.
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19/08/2012 9:02:02 a.m.
Sergeant Creeggan you're and idiot! eventually you will find yourself out of a job over this. and i doubt you will even win the case against NZDF as you volunteered for that job, no one forced you to be there and its all part of the job description of the defence force! if you wanted a normal job flying normal helicopters then you shouldn't have been there in the first place.
18/08/2012 4:37:31 p.m.
Who does this idiot think he is..... i feel for him that hes the sole survivor of a terrible accident.... but as every soldier knows when you sign that dotted line when you first enlist you give up many of your rights. Including being able to sue the NZDF...... he would have been given full medical treatment provided by the NZDF to the highest standard after this accident. if this jerk wants to sue, stop crying sign your 717 and then pay back all the medical and dental bills you may have incurred after your injuries. or is the RNZAF so full of whinging girls that again the army out shines you...... imagine if the survivors of the TIC in bamayan sued the NZDF cos the got wounded in active service that they volunteered for.
As a SSGT grow up!
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