A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed involving the deaths of Larry and Jane Glazer in a plane crash that happened in 2014. Ken Glazer, as the administrator of his parents’ estate, filed the lawsuit against several aircraft companies. Claims were made in the complaint that the companies were negligent in the design, manufacture, testing and sale of the Socata TBM 900 aircraft that Larry Glazer was piloting on Sept. 5, 2014, and which crashed off the coast of Jamaica.
The complaint alleges that the plane’s cabin pressurization system was faulty and that some of the companies knew it could malfunction, but had neglected to warn the Glazers of the risk or provide protection for occupants of the plane. The complaint doesn’t precisely identify what flaw or series of flaws were responsible for the crash.
The complaint was filed in state Supreme Court and names as Defendants 17 foreign and domestic companies, many of them related. Among the Defendants are the plane’s manufacturer, Socata S.A.S., a French company; Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse S.A.S., another French company that designed the cabin pressurization system; and the subsidiaries of those two companies. The lawsuits seek damages on behalf of all beneficiaries of the Glazers’ estate. The Glazers, prominent local real estate developers and philanthropists, had taken off from the Greater Rochester International Airport at 8:26 a.m. the day of their fatal flight, and were bound for Naples, Fla., where they had a vacation home.
Two Air National Guard fighter jets that were dispatched from South Carolina to intercept the plane reported seeing Larry Glazer slumped over the controls but breathing and the cockpit windows frosting over. The jets shadowed the Glazers past Florida and over the Bahamas, but disengaged prior to the plane entering Cuban airspace, where it gradually descended as the engine ran out of fuel and crashed into the Caribbean Sea.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash. Many experts at the time of the crash speculated that the aircraft experienced a gradual loss of air pressure, causing the Glazers to suffer a lack of oxygen that caused them to become disoriented and eventually fall unconscious. The complaint claims that “upon information and belief, at some time after takeoff, unbeknownst to Larry Glazer, the cabin of the subject aircraft began to insidiously depressurize.” The Socata TBM 900 the Glazers were flying was the first one off the assembly line.
It’s alleged that Socata had contacted Larry Glazer about purchasing the plane because Glazer, who had extensive experience flying Socata TBM aircraft, was president of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association. He agreed to buy the $3.7 million plane in February 2014. A newer Socata TBM model, the 930, which was released this year and is an extension of the TBM 900, is reportedly equipped with an emergency descent mode. The function is designed to automatically bring the plane down to 15,000 feet in case of a loss of cabin pressure, unless the pilot responds.
Daniel Rose, a lawyer at Kreindler & Kreindler, a New York City law firm, represents the estate in this case.
Source: Associated Press