Graduate whose car was set alight in helicopter crash sues

Sami Halawa was inside his car when it set alight as burning debris from a helicopter crash fell from the sky

Sami Halawa was inside his car when it set alight as burning debris from a helicopter crash fell from the sky

The survivor of a car fire caused by a fatal helicopter crash is suing for £1.3million after claiming the trauma he suffered denied him a wealthy future as a banker.

Sami Halawa was in his car in Vauxhall, South London, when the Rotormotion UK Ltd aircraft crashed into a crane, leaving two dead and 12 injured in January 2013. 

Burning fragments hit the road beside the 26-year-old, setting fire to his Volkswagen while the London School of Economics graduate was still inside.

The London School of Economics graduate is suing the helicopter owners, with barrister Shahram Sharghy telling Central London county court his client suffered 'sever' post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the Evening Standard.    

'It is not disputed that he had a very lucky escape from death,' he said. 'The helicopter’s burning fuselage landed next to his vehicle, setting it alight.' 

The crash in January 13 left two dead and injured 12 after a helicopter crashed into a crane in Vauxhall, South London 

The crash in January 13 left two dead and injured 12 after a helicopter crashed into a crane in Vauxhall, South

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