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Wrongful Death Suit Claims Pilots Were Unfit to Fly

Human error and negligence are the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who was killed when the private airplane he was a passenger in crashed after it nearly collided with another small plane just after takeoff from a Tampa airport. Leann Carreno, whose husband Kevin Carreno was killed in the March 18 crash, filed the lawsuit in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, alleging that pilot Louis Caporicci was unfit to fly the twin-engine Cessna 340. Mr. Caporicci was Mr. Carreno’s friend and former U.S. Air Force Academy classmate. The lawsuit also claims that David ... Read More

Five Dead In Hawaii Skydiving Airplane Crash

A fiery airplane crash on the island of Kauai killed five people on a skydiving tour flight Monday morning, shortly after taking off from an airport on the island’s south side. The single-engine Cessna 182H was registered to D&J Air Adventures, which was operating tandem skydiving jumps under the name SkyDive Kauai, which operates a business at Kauai’s Port Allen Airport. Kauai authorities said four people were pronounced dead at the crash site and one was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue where he was declared dead. The Associated Press reported that the victims were the airplane’s pilot, two ... Read More

Flight School Plane Crashes In South Florida Neighborhood, Three suffer burn injuries

POMPANO BEACH, Florida — A twin-engine airplane used to train student pilots crashed into a suburban Pompano Beach, Fla., neighborhood Monday, severely injuring a flight instructor and two international students. Officials cordoned off a section of five homes in the Harbor Village neighborhood of Pompano Beach that made up the debris field. A Beechcraft 76 registered to Florida Aviation Academy had just taken off when it sputtered downward and clipped a home before crashing and exploding in a back yard. The pilot, Geoffrey White, 40, and his two passengers Sylvia Mena, 23, of Ecuador, and Fernando Diaz, 25, of Peru, all ... Read More

Australian Takes Lufthansa To Court In U.S. Over Germanwings Crash

An Australian man whose wife and son were among the 150 passengers and crew killed when a suicidal pilot crashed a Germanwings airplane into the French Alps a year ago is suing Lufthansa’s U.S.-based flight school alleging it knew the pilot was mentally ill but failed to stop him from becoming a licensed pilot. David Friday told Australia’s Fairfax Media that Germanwings’ parent company Lufthansa knew about but negligently hid pilot Andreas Lubitz’s history of serious mental illness and thus failed to stop him from becoming a licensed pilot of passenger jets. As a result, 150 people, including Mr. Friday’s ... Read More

Plane Crash On San Diego County Freeway Kills One, Injures Five

A popular 38-year-old member of the Starlettes roller derby team was killed Saturday, April 2, when a small airplane crash landed on a Southern California freeway and struck a vehicle. Five others, including two in the airplane and three in the vehicle, sustained injuries. Friends and family mourned the loss of Antoinette Frances Isbelle, 38, a resident of San Diego County who skated for the Starlettes roller derby team under the name “Rockalicious.” Ms. Isbelle was a passenger in the back seat of a 2015 Nissan Sentra that had been idling on the shoulder of I-15 northbound when the airplane ... Read More

Families Of Germanwings Crash Victims Plan To Sue Airline In U.S. Court

Several families of passengers killed when a suicidal Germanwings pilot flew an Airbus A320 into the side of a mountain in the French Alps will seek to hold Lufthansa, Germanwings’ parent company, accountable for damages in the U.S. court system. More than 70 families of victims killed in the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 will file a class action suit in the United States, where Lufthansa trains its pilots in a Phoenix, Ariz., flight school. The families and their lawyers contend that pilot Andreas Lubitz had a history of severe emotional problems and should never have been allowed to ... Read More

Southwest Flight Veers Into Ditch During Nashville Landing, Eight Injured

Eight people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight veered off the runway after landing at Nashville International Airport Tuesday night. Southwest Airlines flight 31, a Boeing 737 plane, was carrying 133 passengers and five crew members from Houston, Texas, when it suddenly went off the runway around 5:20 p.m. Pictures of the airplane on the news and in social media show the aircraft lying in a ditch, its nose planted on the ground. Passengers aboard the plane told NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth that the flight went without a hitch until the final moments after landing. “It was really rough. ... Read More

Tire Blowout Forces Morgan Freeman’s Airplane Into Emergency Landing

A tire blowout forced actor Morgan Freeman’s airplane to make an emergency landing shortly after it took from an airport in Clarksdale, Miss., Saturday evening. Neither Mr. Freeman nor his pilots were injured, but the actor indicated his airplane suffered some damage. “Sometimes things don’t go as planned and a tire blew on takeoff, which caused other problems,” Mr. Freeman said in the statement released by his publicist. “But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson we landed safely without a scratch. I cannot say the same about my plane,” Freeman added. He didn’t elaborate about the damage, but reports say ... Read More

Autopilot Problems Reported Before Deadly Orlando Crash, NTSB Says

Federal safety investigators say they haven’t yet determined what caused an experienced pilot to lose control of his private airplane and crash into an Orlando lake Nov. 20, but evidence so far indicates he was experiencing problems with the plane’s autopilot system. Robert Stimmel, 61, and his wife Maria Stimmel, 45, were killed when the six-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza flew out of control and nose-dived into Clear Lake about 12 minutes after taking off from Orlando Executive Airport at 11:27 a.m. The couple, residents of Washington State, was bound for Gainesville Municipal Airport in Texas. Mr. Stimmel frantically radioed air-traffic controllers ... Read More

Nine Confirmed Dead In Ohio in Corporate Jet Crash

Seven passengers and two pilots were killed in a  corporate jet crash Tuesday afternoon. The small plane crashed into an apartment building in a suburban Akron, Ohio. The fiery crash completely demolished one building and partially burned others, but no people on the ground were injured, local authorities said. The airplane, a 10-seat Hawker H25 jet, was carrying seven employees of a Boca Raton, Florida-based real estate investment company called Pebb Enterprises. The company confirmed the deaths on its website but said it would not be responding to media requests at the time. “Our hearts are broken this morning with the news of ... Read More