David Hines left a phone message for his daughters Christmas Eve. It was the last time Christine Hines and Crystal Griner would hear their 57-year-old father before he and two others were killed in the Dec. 26 crash of a helicopter transplant mission headed to Gainesville for Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic. “Hey, sweetheart, it’s your dad. I’m sorry I missed your phone call,” the message says. “… Hope everything’s OK. Talk to you later. Love you guys. Bye-bye.” The Hines family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against SK Logistics, whose Bell 206B helicopter was chartered by Mayo for the flight.
Florida Times-Union, by Dan Scanlan, 01/23/2012