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19 March 2018

IRAQ: Christopher Raguso and Christopher Zanetis Killed In Helicopter Accident; Fatal Crash That Led to The Death of FDNY Firefighters Under Investigation


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IRAQ: Christopher Raguso and Christopher Zanetis Killed In Helicopter Accident; Fatal Crash That Led to Death of FDNY Firefighters Under Investigation

Christopher Raguso and Christopher Zanetis Died In Helicopter Accident After Their Vehicle Crashed In Western Iraq

WESTERN IRAQ (March 18, 2018) – Two FDNY firefighters were tragically killed in a helicopter accident in Western Iraq.

Officials at FDNY were able to identify the two men that died as Christopher Raguso and Christopher Zanetis.

The helicopter accident does not appear to have been caused byenemy activity. At least five other people were also killed in the accident.

The Pentagon is currently investigating what may have happened. Both men were well loved in their communities and flags were flown at half staff at their FDNY station.


The United States government is generally immune from suit in the event of an accident while soldiers are on the battlefield. However, under certain situations, the manufacturer of a military vehicle may be liable if a design not approved by the government contributed to an accident. For example, a number of helicopter accidents have occurred due to design defects with the engine’s fuel nozzle. If the fuel nozzle is not working properly, it could cause the engine to rip apart mid flight.  The family members of any soldier killed in such an accident may be able to file a claim for damages.

Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic helicopter accident that killed Christopher Raguso and Christopher Zanetis – two of New York’s finest. We extend our thoughts to the families of the victims as they are going through such an incredibly difficult time. We sincerely hope that steps are taken to help prevent similar accidents in the future.

If someone that you love has been injured or killed while riding in a military helicopter you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced helicopter accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.