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Wrongful Death Blog Post

Family of Pilot Killed in Midair Crash Files Wrongful Death Claim

A Qualcomm executive was flying a Cessna airplane August 16 when he got into a midair collision with a Saberliner Jet as he approached Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego. Now, his family members have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming the crash was caused by the negligence of air traffic controllers working at the airfield. The accident led to the deaths of the pilot and four people on the jet.

The lawsuit names the defendants as Serco Inc. from New Jersey (a company contracted by the federal government to provide air traffic control services at the airfield), a Serco employee who managed Brown Field’s air traffic control services and BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, the owner and operator of the Saberliner plane and employer of its pilots.

Was professional negligence involved?

The plaintiffs claim the airfield’s control tower had communicated with the pilots of each plane before the crash occurred. Air traffic controllers reportedly cleared the Saberliner to land, and so the plane was on approach. Meanwhile, the Cessna, which had been cleared to perform touch-and-go takeoffs and landings, was flying to nearby Otay Mesa Airport dealing with a downwind lag.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys say the air traffic controllers did not maintain a safe, proper distance between the two planes, and that the jet should have been able to clearly see the smaller plane based on each aircraft’s position.

When an individual makes a mistake that leads to a serious problem, such as this recent aviation accident, you may need to take legal action. To learn more about your options, speak with a compassionate San Diego personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.

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