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High court: Pilot waited too long to file lawsuit over crash

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over a 2009 helicopter accident that left its pilot partially paralyzed.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that justices ruled 6-2 last week that a proper complaint was not filed by Rob Hammons of Greenwood against the defendants until after the three-year statute of limitations had expired.

Hammons declined to comment to the newspaper about the decision.

He worked for Provine Helicopter Services and was spraying herbicides on timber from one of the company's aircraft in October 2009 when it crashed, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigated the accident and published a report in May 2011 saying the probable cause of the crash was a loss of engine power because of fuel contamination.

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