Executive gets 12 years in crashed helicopter fraud case

Jun 16, 2015 3:45 PM by News Staff, File Photo

A former executive has been sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison after admitting he falsified performance records for a helicopter that crashed in 2008, killing seven firefighters and two pilots battling a forest fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Steven Metheny was vice president of Carson Helicopters when one of the company's helicopters crashed on takeoff while carrying a crew fighting the Iron 44 fire on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It was the deadliest helicopter crash involving working firefighters in U.S. history.

Metheny provided the false aircraft weights to the U.S. Forest Service to win a firefighting contract.

U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken imposed the sentence Tuesday in federal court in Medford, Oregon.

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