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Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?
Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old US Naval Academy graduate and married father of two young boys, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter—the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and the deadliest aircraft in the US military.
Press & Awards:
Overall Audience Award – RiverRun Int’l Film Festival
Best Documentary – Columbus Int’l Film & Animation Festival
“Every concerned citizen and every member of Congress should see this film. Lives depend on it.” – The Nation
a “riveting documentary” – San Francisco Chronicle
“an outrage inducing… blistering exposé” – Mercury News
“A searing indictment of the Pentagon’s business-as-usual attitude that too often lurks behind the deaths of the young men and women wearing their nation’s military uniforms.” – Project On Government Oversight