Jacksonville Beach Family Files Lawsuit Against Airplane Manufacturer for Daughter’s Death

Jacksonville.com reports that the parents of a 24-year-old Jacksonville Beach law student have a filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville against Bombardier Aerospace, a Canadian aircraft manufacturer that made the Dash 8-Q400 aircraft used by the regional carrier for Continental Airlines, Colgan Air, that crashed over Buffalo two years ago killing everyone onboard, including their daughter.

The young woman was a Florida Coastal School of Law student and one of 45 passengers onboard the Continental Connection Flight 3407 when it crashed outside of Buffalo Niagara International Airport on February 12, 2009, after leaving an airport in Newark, New Jersey. Four crew members and one person on the ground died, along with all of the passengers. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that pilot error caused the plane to stall and that he was too inexperienced to recover from the stall. The pilot and co-pilot had been distracted by cockpit conversation and both pilots were tired and had not been adequately trained in flying during snowy and icy conditions. The suit contends that Bombardier was negligent and careless in the plane’s design and by failing to have an adequate warning system.

The family filed the lawsuit in February to stay within the two year statute on limitations. The New York attorney who filed the case also represents the families of 19 other victims on that Colgan Air flight.

Colgan and other regional airline carriers are known for paying low wages and using less experienced pilots, many of whom must travel long distances before beginning work. As a result, they may be flying without adequate rest. The families of those killed on Colgan Air Flight 3407 have been working with Congress to enact quality standards for regional pilots.

Our condolences go out to all of the families of those killed on this doomed flight.

Whether pilot error or a mechanical failure, Farah & Farah’s Jacksonville aviation accident lawyers will offer you a complimentary consultation if you or a loved one have been injured in an aviation accident.