On September 23, 2006, a Beech F-33A, operating as a sightseeing airplane ride at an air show collided with the ground and an airport fence after departure.

Our client was present on the ground at the time of the crash. Her husband and son, along with the pilot, were fatally injured as a result of the crash.

Beasley Allen law firm filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama, on behalf of our client. Our investigation of the incident had revealed that liability was clear. Passengers who rode in the sightseeing airplane prior to the crash observed the fuel gauge and questioned the pilot who responded, “we have plenty of gas.” Witnesses of the crash stated they heard the engine sputter, stop and start again. The plane took a steep left turn, pitched down, and fell to the ground.

The National Transportation Safety Board conducted an investigation and determined that a factor in the accident was the pilot’s improper fuel management resulting in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. No fuel leakage was observed in the area where the plane crashed.

During mediation, the sponsor of the air show and the estate for the pilot settled with our client for a confidential amount. Cole Portis and Jere Beasley handled this case and were pleased to have been able to work out a satisfactory settlement for our client who suffered a loss that no monetary award could ever replace.

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