Settlement reached in Calif. helicopter crash 

Lawyers for the family of two men who died in a 2006 Riverside County helicopter crash say they've reached a settlement in the negligence case they brought against the aircraft's manufacturer.

City News Service says the confidential settlement was reached Thursday after a day of opening arguments in the case against Robinson Helicopter Co., a Torrance-based firm.

The two men, Leo Straatman and Frank Verellen, were flying in a Robinson R-44 Raven II when the tail boon shook off and the main rotor hit the cabin.

The aircraft went down between Blythe and Coachella 85 minutes into its maiden voyage. The flight destination was southern Ontario, Canada.

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