We're learning more about the settlement the family of a fallen East Tennessee Army pilot reached with the company that made the helicopter he died flying.
Captain Marcus Alford and another army pilot, Billie Jean Grider, died in 2010 when their Kiowa helicopter suffered mechanical problems and made a hard landing.
Their families filed a multi-million dollar wrongful death suit against the five companies that made parts on the helicopter. They said negligence by those companies directly caused the deaths of the two.
The families were seeking $40 million each in actual and punitive damages.
Court documents show Alford's family was awarded $450,000 in the settlement. After attorney fees, they will actually receive $290-thousand dollars, to be put in trust for two minor beneficiaries of Alford.
Alford graduated from South-Doyle and Carson-Newman.