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Family of student pilot mounts wrongful death suit

A wrongful death lawsuit surrounding the death of a student pilot who died in a horrific crash last year is just now coming to fruition. The flight school the student was attending at the time of the crash has now shut down its last remaining branch in Connecticut as the owner prepares for what may be a complicated and lengthy legal process.

The crash occurred last fall when the student pilot and his instructor, the owner of the flight instruction school, crashed the plane into downtown Hartford, killing the student. The instructor, who survived the crash, now faces a wrongful death suit against his company, which alleges that the student was not properly equipped to handle the pressures of flight and that the plane suffered mechanical failures.

The report from the Hartford police suggests that the student may have crashed the plane intentionally, which may make for a very complicated legal process. The two sides of the story are playing out very differently. According to the lawsuit, the plane suffered mechanical failures and the student was ill-prepared by the school to pilot the craft, while the survivor of the crash claims that the student grabbed the controls of the plane and refused to allow the instructor to right the course of the plane in its crucial final minutes.

Wrongful death suits are complicated and must be approached carefully. If you believe someone you love lost his or her life wrongfully, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney who can help you examine the details of the death and chart a path forward as you pursue justice.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against American Flight Academy," Jill Konopka, June 07, 2017

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