According to CaseyGerry attorney David S. Casey Jr., the lawsuit was filed in San Diego Superior Court against New Jersey-based Serco Inc., which contracted with the U.S. government to provide air traffic control services at Brown Field; Mark Demetris, a Serco employee who managed all air traffic control services at Brown Field; and Maryland-based BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, which owned and operated the Sabreliner jet as well as employed its deceased pilots.
According to Casey Jr., the control tower had communicated with the pilots of both planes prior to the crash. The Sabreliner was cleared to land and was on a jet approach, while the Cessna - cleared to perform touch and go landings and take offs - was flying to the airport on a downwind lag.
“The jet crashed into the Cessna, demonstrating that the accident was due to negligence on the part of all the defendants, in particular the air traffic control company - Serco Inc., a private operator.” Casey Jr. said. “We believe the air traffic controllers failed to maintain a proper, safe distance between the two aircrafts.” Additionally,” Casey Jr. said, “the jet was approaching from above and behind the Cessna, and due to its position, should have been able to clearly see the smaller plane. The lawsuit alleges that all the defendants were careless and failed to maintain situational awareness over the status of the Cessna, ultimately resulting in Copeland’s tragic death.”
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