Czech Billionaire’s Family Sues Over Alaska Heli-Skiing Death

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Czech billionaire Petr Kellner died in a heli-skiing crash in Alaska in 2021. A lawsuit was recently filed on his family’s behalf, alleging negligence and seeking punitive and other damages. 

Kellner was the richest man in the Czech Republic at the time of his death. He was killed along with five other people in the Chugach Mountains. This was the deadliest heli-skiing aviation accident in North America.

The lawsuit, filed in Alaska state court, names Soloy Helicopters, Triumvirate LLC (which owns and operates Tordrillo Mountain Lodge), and Third Edge Alaska LLC (which was doing business as a heli-ski guide service but administratively dissolved last year) as defendants. 

The lawsuit alleges that the companies should have known about the crash immediately and notified authorities but failed to monitor the location of the helicopter and maintain contact with the pilot and guide.

Heli-skiing lawsuit

 Heli-skiing is an off-the-trail downhill skiing that requires skiers and snowboarders to take a helicopter ride to remote mountain tops. And allows participants to ski down untouched areas.