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Cirrus SR22 crash lawsuit Video

I came across an interesting 11-minute interview with the attorneys for plaintiffs awarded $16.4 million in damages for a January 2003 fatal Minnesota crash of a Cirrus SR22.It’s noteworthy that the NTSB probable cause puts full blame on the pilot. Nonetheless, the plaintiffs who successfully sued were the families of the pilot Gary Prokop and his passenger James Kosak. ( More...

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mattdavis 0
The pilot, who was admittedly unfamiliar with the autopilot, chose to fly into marginal conditions at night. How again is Cirrus and UND at fault here? Time for tort reform.
Max Trescott 0
As a CFI, I cannot "teach" pilots; they can only want to learn. I think this pilot wasn't taught the proper risk mitigation and judgment or may not have been curious enough to want to learn it. But somehow individual responsibility and accountability is less popular these days, which means someone else has to pay. Very sad case in all respects.
crk112 0
I am glad the families of these people feel better now that they have millions of dollars.

The scary part of this is that it will probably set a precedent for future airplanes that are crashed by pilots who have families that will see a bunch of dollar signs at the funeral.
Skip Getelman 0
This award and ignorant jurys are the reason many of us can no longer afford to own and operate a small aircraft. This lawsuit and its' award is digusting. A person that operates any potentially dangerous vehicle , machine, aircraft etc.should execise good judgement in operating same. This was clearly the pilots fault. Lawyers win we lose.
This is typical of America today. No one wants to assume any personal responsibility and is always looking for someone to blame for their stupidity.
Chris Piety 0
This is one of the many reasons I got out of the practice of law. Many blame lawyers, but it is the general public sitting on juries that make these decisions. If we as the public stop giving money and hold people accountable when we serve on juries, it may ebb. But until then, if you go to trial, juries assume there is some merit and want to award money.
Larry Clement 0
The pilot did a stupid thing and paid the price. The jury did a stupid thing and walked away.No wonder our insurance rates are so high, and that new airplanes cost more than they should.
John Eversole 0
You guys have all the answers--it's always the dead pilot who was at fault and the NTSB probable cause is always correct. No wonder you believe in Tort Reform and probably the tooth fairy.
skyzunlimited 0
After pondering Max’s article and watching the video I find both sides have made some valid points. But my concern is why do pilots make bad decisions? Six months after training is completed, pilots statistically retain about 26% of what they learned. This is why the FAA requires annual flight reviews for pilots with less than 400 hours total time and bi-annual flight reviews for everyone else. Besides the FAA recurrent training and checking requirements for pilots flying aircraft requiring type specific ratings it is also why the insurance companies require pilots flying complex aircraft to undergo annual training in them. But little of this teaches actual aeronautical decision making. ADM is mostly a matter of experience, total and recent. We can teach pilots some of this but we are only giving them tools to help them develop. Personality also plays big into whether the pilot develops the right attitude about the decisions they make. Technology can never take the place of good decisions.


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