The family of the blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan has settled its lawsuit
over his death in a 1990 helicopter crash, for an undisclosed sum. An
Illinois judge approved the settlement between Vaughan's mother, Martha and
brother Jimmie, and Omniflight Helicopters Inc. of Dallas, according to Tom
Davis, an Austin lawyer for the Vaughan's. The helicopter crashed into a ski
hill near an Elkhorn, Wisconsin amphitheater where Vaughan had completed an
outdoor concert with Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, was killed along with the pilot and three Clapton
associates. The lawsuit alleged that Omniflight was negligent in allowing an
unqualified pilot to fly the helicopter and that the pilot was negligent in
taking off in a dense fog. A national Transportation Safety Board
investigation found that an "improper planning-decision" by the pilot was the
main probable cause of the crash.