The family of a technician killed in a rocket fire and crane accident at Edwards Air Force Base will get nearly $2.4 million from two base contractors involved in the accident, an attorney said.
The Air Force was still investigating the cause of the Sept. 7 accident, in which a Titan 4 rocket motor dropped from a crane and burst into flames.Technician Alan Quimby, 27, an employee of Wyle Labs of El Segundo, was killed by concrete counterweights that fell from the crane that was removing the rocket motor segment from a test stand at the air base's Astronautics Laboratory, 70 miles north of Los Angeles.
His family settled with the rocket motor manufacturer and the crane company in an agreement approved Dec. 31 in Superior Court, family attorney William F. Gamble said Tuesday.
Utah-based Hercules Inc., manufacturer of the rocket motor, and Lampson Inc. of Oregon, the crane operator, will pay about $2.1 million to Quimby's widow, Jessie, of Santa Maria.
Hercules and Lampson also will pay $260,000 to Quimby's infant daughter, Signe Marie Quimby, as well as legal fees, Gamble said.