Plane crashes are rare, but when they occur, the consequences are typically devastating. As with other catastrophic accidents, negligence usually plays a role in plane crashes. While people who lost a loved one due to a plane crash will often pursue claims against the pilot flying the plane at the time the mishap occurred, they may seek to impose fault on other parties as well. The liability of the entity that licenses pilots for negligently licensing a flight instructor was the topic of a recent Florida opinion, in a case in which the court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims against the federal government. If you lost a loved one in an accident, it is smart to meet with a Florida personal injury attorney to discuss your potential claims.
The Subject Accident
It is reported that the decedent owned a small plane. Pursuant to his insurance policy, he was required to complete ground and flight training twice a year. The insurer approved the use of a company that offered training to people who owned and piloted aircrafts. The decedent hired the instructor, an independent contractor who worked for the company, to train him. On the second day of training, the decedent and instructor left the airport and initially had a normal flight track before they entered into an uncontrolled descent and crashed. Both died in the collision.
Allegedly, the plaintiff, the decedent’s wife, filed a lawsuit naming the federal government as a defendant, asserting that it negligently issued the instructor a pilot certificate. The defendant moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims, and the court granted the motion. Continue reading ›