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Judge sets deadline in helicopter lawsuit in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A Polk County judge has set a Dec. 3 deadline for the parties involved in an $11.4 million damage award in lawsuit over a deadly helicopter crash during a movie shoot to settle their differences by mediation.

The crash happened during the filming of "The Final Season" in eastern Iowa in June 2006.

Cameraman Roland Schlotzhauer, of Lenexa, Kan., died when the helicopter hit a power line and crashed in a cornfield near Walford. The pilot and film producer were injured.

In July, a Polk County jury found that pilot Richard Green, of Hudson, was at fault and awarded $7.2 million to Schlotzhauer's widow, Kathryn, and $4.2 million to producer Tony Wilson, of Dallas Center.

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