Mom sues over tot's death in Pa. helicopter crash

TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. (AP) — A Virginia woman has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit over a helicopter crash last month in northeastern Pennsylvania that killed her young son and four others.

Crystal McKain of Leesburg, Va., filed the Wyoming County lawsuit Friday over the death of 3-year-old Noah McKain Woodland.

McKain is suing Hampton Roads Charter Service, saying the company "negligently and recklessly" allowed 30-year-old pilot David Jenny Jr. to fly when he was not fully trained.

Federal investigators say Jenny wasn't certified for instrument-only flights and hadn't gotten a weather briefing before the flight from Endicott, N.Y., to Lehighton, Pa.

The boy's father, 29-year-old Carl Robert Woodland, of Lovettsville, Va., also died in the July 27 crash.

McKain is seeking more than $550,000 in damages. The charter company did not immediately return a call for comment.

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