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Sat November 7, 2009

Chopper Crash Lawsuit

Tahlequah, OK – Mother of crash victim files lawsuit

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The mother of a woman who died in a helicopter crash last month is suing the pilot, his parents and a California business.

Darci Scraper and Mark Mahaney died when the helicopter went down near Tahlequah on Oct. 14.

Scraper's mother, Juanita Scraper, filed a wrongful death lawsuit recently in Cherokee County District Court against Mahaney; his parents, James Mahaney and Rene Rozell; Mark Mahaney's estate, and Robinson Helicopter Co. in California.

The lawsuit alleges Mahaney, a licensed helicopter pilot, negligently operated the aircraft, causing the injuries that killed Darci Scraper.

The helicopter left Tahlequah City Airport about 4:30 a.m. that day.

Troopers found the wreckage the next day near a Cherokee County road.

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Information from: Tahlequah Daily Press, http://www.tahlequahdaailypress.com and The Tulsa World, www.tulsaworld.com