Family members of a man who died in a fatal helicopter crash in Raton in 2018 have filed a lawsuit against Sapphire Aviation, the company who owned the downed aircraft. The surviving wife and children of Paul Cobb are seeking financial restitution for his death, according to a news release.
Along with Cobb, the crash claimed the lives of Sapphire Aviation owner Charles Ryland Burnett III, founding member of the Zimbabwe opposition party, Roy Bennett and his wife Heather, and the helicopter pilot, Jamie Coleman Dodd. Cobb’s daughter, Andra Cobb was injured in the crash but survived. Andra Cobb was the longtime partner of Burnett, according to the news release.
Due to the remote location of the crash, it took several hours for emergency services to arrive, and they were found first by a hunting guide. According to the lawsuit, Dodd told the guide that it was “all my fault. I flew into the terrain, this is all my fault.”
The trial firm Lyons & Simmons filed a negligence suit against Sapphire Aviation on behalf of Cobb’s estate.