Airplane Crash Victim’s Family Files Lawsuit against Flight Training Company
Los Angeles, CA – The family members of a Los Angeles (CA) resident who was killed in an airplane crash has filed a lawsuit over his wrongful death. Christopher Wade, who was piloting an aircraft, was killed after his plane crashed with another aircraft. Wade’s passenger Cheryl Jolene Strawn also was killed in the crash. The passengers and pilot of the 2nd airplane survived the accident with minor injuries.
The lawsuit was filed by Marta Wade, the widow of Mr. Wade, and her children – Ryan Wade and Jamie Wade. The suit was filed in the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles. American Flyers School (Los Angeles, California) and an employee of that company, named Peter Nagy, are the defendants in this case. Nagy was responsible for giving flight instructions for the American Flyers airplane when the crash took place, according to the lawsuit.
Mr. Wade and Cheryl J Strawn died on the spot when 2 Cessna 172 aircrafts collided at around 2PM on 29th April about 8 miles E-NE of Ventura, says Federal Aviation Administration’s Allen Kenitzer. Mr. Wade was 63 and Strawn was 69 years old.
The airplane piloted by defendant Nagy landed on Westlake Golf Course at Westlake Village (CA), the last community at Los Angeles County before the border of Ventura County along the Ventura Freeway (101), when the airplane in which Wade and Strawn were travelling crashed at Malibu Creek Park, igniting a 1-acre brush fire which was rapidly extinguished by the county firefighters, according to Kenitzer.
For succeeding the case, the attorneys representing Wade’s family have to prove the negligence by the aircraft pilot as well as his employer. Additionally, the attorneys have to prove that the plane crash victims would have still been alive if the defendants had acted legally and properly.
If the liability of the defendant parties is proved, the aviation plaintiffs would get a reasonable compensation. However, choosing the right attorney is very important in such cases. Many people contact a general attorney, but this can be a serious mistake. An aircraft crash may involve a high amount of investigative and research work and therefore it is vital to put the case into the hands of right attorneys. The chance to win the lawsuit and a good compensation is significantly increased by selecting an attorney whose practice is devoted to aviation cases.