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    A Man Who Crashed a Snowmobile into a Parked Black Hawk Helicopter Is Suing the Government for $9.5M

    A Man Who Crashed a Snowmobile into a Parked Black Hawk Helicopter Is Suing the Government for $9.5M

    BOSTON — Jeff Smith was whizzing along on a snowmobile one evening a few years back when something dark appeared in front of him. He hit his brakes but he couldn't avoid clipping the rear tail of a Black Hawk helicopter parked on the trail.

    The March 2019 crash almost cost Smith his life and is now the subject of a federal lawsuit by the Massachusetts lawyer. He is demanding $9.5 million in damages from the government, money he says is needed to cover his medical expenses and lost wages, as well as hold the responsible for the crash.

    “The last five years, there's been surgery, recovery, surgery, recovery,” said Smith, who lost the use of his left arm, suffered respiratory issues since the crash, and hasn't been able to work full time. “Honestly, right now, it feels like I'm in a worst place than when I first had the surgeries in 2019.”

    A U.S. District Court judge in Springfield is expected to rule on the lawsuit later this year.

    Smith's lawyers in the yearslong court case argue that the crew of the Black Hawk helicopter that flew down from 's Drum for night training was negligent for parking a camouflaged 64-foot (19.5-meter) aircraft on a rarely used airfield also used by snowmobilers. Smith also sued the owner of Albert Farms airfield in Worthington, Massachusetts — accusing them of both giving permission to snowmobilers to use the trail and the Blackhawk crew to land in the same area. He…

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