Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2016 - At least seven lawsuits have been filed in Florida over a 2015 plane crash in Ohio that killed nine Floridians.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled that the flight crew’s incorrect runway approach and failure to follow procedures caused the Nov. 10, 2015 crash. The board also said that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) failed to properly enforce regulations against ExecuFlight, the operator of the flight. The findings by the safety board were recently made public at a hearing in Washington, D.C.
“An investigation by a government body into what caused an accident can provide evidence that may be used in a wrongful death case,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney with Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in the case.
According to a summary version of the safety board’s report, mistakes by the pilot and co-pilot doomed the jet, which stalled as it approached the airport and then crashed into an apartment building. The pilot and co-pilot died in the crash, along with their seven passengers. The passengers were all employees of a commercial real estate firm, on the last stop of a six-day business trip looking at properties in the Midwest.
According to an attorney for the family of one of the victims, at least seven lawsuits have been filed in Florida against ExecuFlight on behalf of the families of the passengers.
Investigators said that the pilot and co-pilot failed to communicate properly about the approach to the airport. In addition, the plane’s flaps were configured incorrectly, and it was flying too high for the runway approach. The NTSB said that ExecuFlight had a casual attitude toward compliance with safety standards.
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