Stevie Ray Vaughan's Suit Settled

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.