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Wrongful death lawsuit alleges design defects in Air Tractor plane led to pilot’s death

Lawyers from Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., a Montgomery, Ala., based law firm, are representing the family of Greg Arnold, who was killed July 29, 2010, when the plane he was piloting crashed in a wooded area near Canton, Miss. The lawsuit alleges the plane, an Air Tractor AT-602, was defectively designed, ultimately leading to the crash that killed Mr. Arnold. Beasley Allen lawyers Jere L. Beasley and Mike Andrews are representing the Arnold family. The defendant in the case is Air Tractor, Inc.

“At the time Greg Arnold was killed, the aircraft he was flying was defective and unreasonably dangerous in its design,” Andrews says. “It was not flight worthy, and as a result Mr. Arnold, an experienced pilot, lost his life. This is an accident that should never have happened.”

The lawsuit is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division. Case 7:13-cv-01277-SLB.

Soaring through the sky hundreds of miles an hour, thousands of feet above the ground in an airplane or helicopter leaves little room for error. One small mechanical problem, misjudgment, or faulty response in the air can spell disaster for air passengers and even unsuspecting people on the ground. This is why it’s crucial for the aviation industry, including manufacturers, pilots, mechanics, and air traffic controllers, to adhere to the highest possible standards at all times.

Statistics indicate mechanical failures cause up to 22 percent of aviation crashes. Historically, aircraft manufacturing defects, flawed aircraft design, inadequate warning systems, and inadequate instructions for safe use of the aircraft’s equipment or systems have contributed to numerous aviation crashes. In such cases, the pilot may follow every procedure correctly but still be unable to avert disaster.

For more information about aviation litigation, visit the Aviation Accidents section of the Beasley Allen website.

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