GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ) — She was the sole survivor and now she wants tens of millions of dollars. Vic Carter reports Jordan Wells filed a federal lawsuit against the FAA and air traffic controller following a 2008 Medevac helicopter crash that killed four and left Wells alone on the ground and in pain.
Wells and her friend Ashley Younger were on their way home from a carnival on a rain-slicked road when they crashed after Wells lost control of the car. They were airlifted to the hospital but never made it.
The helicopter crashed near Andrews Air Force Base, killing Younger, the pilot, a flight paramedic and an emergency medical technician. Wells lay there, alone.
“I remember looking up at the sky, at the stars and I just prayed to God,” she said. “I said, ‘God, please send someone to save me.'”
In the weeks that followed, Wells underwent 20 surgeries and the crash investigation underwent intense scrutiny.
Among the findings: a multitude of causes, including outdated weather information and a pilot not proficient in instrument-landing approaches. For that reason, Wells’ attorneys are now asking for $50 million in damages.
There was no response from the attorneys about the lawsuit.
The state has instituted new rules for medical evaluations, including adding a second pilot and paramedic on every flight and replacing outdated helicopters.