The fatal plane crash of Cory Lidle, a former New York Yankees pitcher, has resulted in at least three lawsuits. The pitcher died when his plane crashed into a New York City apartment building. According to Bloomberg, a woman has filed a lawsuit alleging she suffered $254,000 in property damage in the plane crash. The plaintiff, Janice Carrignton, owned an apartment in the building Lidle's plane crashed into.
Earlier this year, a dentist filed a lawsuit against Lidle's estate, alleging his home was demolished in the plane crash. Lidle's widow filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the plane and its component parts, alleging defects in the plane caused the crash. However, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the plane crash was the result of "inadequate planning, judgment and airmanship."
Meanwhile, a US District Court has allowed a lawsuit against Presidential Airways Inc. to go ahead. The ruling came after Presidential tried to have the lawsuit dismissed. The plaintiffs alleged that Presidential Airlines violated safety regulations, which resulted in a plane crash that killed three soldiers in Afghanistan. Presidential Airlines argued that it was doing military work and should be entitled to sovereign immunity, a claim the court rejected.
Lawsuits are now being filed against TACA International Airlines for injuries incurred during the May 30, 2008 TACA plane crash in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The lawsuit alleges that the crash occurred when the pilot tried to land on a short and wet runway at Toncontin airport. The plane skidded off the runway and into a ravine. Five people were killed in the crash and many others were injured.
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Although steps have been taken to reduce the number of runway incursions, the rate jumped again between 2006 and 2007, indicating that even planes with all wheels on the ground are not necessarily safe from a serious accident.
If you or someone you love was harmed in a plane crash, contact a lawyer to discuss your legal options.