Two families have filed suit against Cessna Aircraft, Jones v Cessna (No. 07-CV-01908 RAJ), for deaths arising from the October 7 airplane crash near White Pass in the Washington Cascades where a pilot and nine passengers were killed.
The suits allege that Cessna Aircraft Company was aware of major defects with the Cessna 208B including poor performance in icy conditions and a miscalibrated stall-warning system -- errors that many believe contributed to this fatal crash.
Dean Brett of Brett & Coats is representing families of the two crash victims along with the Nolan Law Group, a Chicago aviation law firm which is also handling several other national and international Cessna Caravan crashes. Brett explained that the Cessna 208 B is primarily used as a freight carrier from small cities, and while it typically operates well in good weather, it should never have been certified to fly into icing conditions.
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For the sake of full disclosure, I think lawsuits like this one are complete bull shit.
I know I've been hard on a few people lately, but ... drop zone operations and complete disregard for the POH, go "hand in hand" at least from my experience.
The only 208 I've ever seen with a hole blown through the turbine was at a DZ.
I'm not saying that this was the reason but then again , maybe I am .
This guy had very little IFR time in an excellent IFR aircraft. From the sounds of things, the pilot was also apprehensive.
I'm sure he knew the flight was a "roll of the dice" and although I know a lot of us may have done the same thing, this is exactly what happens when you roll craps.