Icon Aircraft Sued Over Lake Berryessa Accident | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.19.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.20.18

Airborne 02.14.18

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18

Airborne 02.16.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 02.19.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.20.18

Airborne 02.14.18

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18

Airborne 02.16.18

Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Icon Aircraft Sued Over Lake Berryessa Accident

Family Of Engineer Cagri Sever Has Initiated Legal Action

The wife of Icon engineer Cagri Sever has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Icon aircraft over Sever's fatal injury while a passenger aboard an Icon A5 airplane.

Sever had recently been hired by the company, and was on a demonstration flight with chief pilot Jon Karkow. During the flight, Karkow flew into a box canyon on Lake Berryessa and impacted terrain. Both were fatally injured

The Aviation Law Monitor reports that the suit has been filed by attorney Mike Danko of Danko Meredith, APC, with the firm Nelson & Fraenkel acting as co-counsel. Danko writes that while families cannot generally sue an employer for a work-related death, the situation with the Icon accident is unusual in that it occurred over "navigable waters", which means the federal laws of admiralty apply. Those laws would make Icon responsible for the actions of its chief pilot, and supersedes state workers compensation law.

In the filing, the attorney states that "Seaplane navigation has consistently been held to to constitute a 'maritime function'." Under those rules, the airplane would be considered a "vessel", which has been defined to include "every description of watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on water".
 
Sever's family claims Icon and Karkow were negligent in their conduct and/or negligent condition of the vessel, leading to Sever's death.
 
The family has also sued Karkow's estate, and Kurt Parker, the registered owner of the aircraft. The amount of damages sought was not specified.
 
(Image from file)

FMI: Aviation Law Monitor

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 02.19.18: TruTrak Vizion Approvals, 737 MAX 9 Cert, Airplane Loan Scam

Also: Frasca Celebrates 60 Years, Klyde’s 40th!, European Plan For AvSafety, Texas Aviation Hall Of Fame The STC for the TruTrak Vizion autopilot has been updated to include >[...]

Airborne 02.19.18: TruTrak Vizion Approvals, 737 MAX 9 Cert, Airplane Loan Scam

Also: Frasca Celebrates 60 Years, Klyde’s 40th!, European Plan For AvSafety, Texas Aviation Hall Of Fame The STC for the TruTrak Vizion autopilot has been updated to include >[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 02.13.18: FAA UAS Symposium, Airbus Delivers, Manned EHANG 184

Also: UAS Pilot Code, FAA Drone Program, SkyWatch Funding, Quantix Hybrid UAS For Farmers The FAA and AUVSI will co-host the 3rd Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposiu>[...]

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18: AMA Expo East, Skydio R1, TSB Canada Report

Also: DJI Knowledge Quiz, GoFly Competition, Drone ID Rules Coming, FAA Unenthusiastic About Prosecuting? The Academy of Model Aeronautics will host the annual AMA Expo East at the>[...]

Airborne 02.16.18: R66 Wire-Strike Protection, Elk v Helo, Trump Budget

Also: Red Bull Picks Hartzell, SNC Dream Chaser, CH-53K Demo's Vehicle Lift, Emirates Firms Up A380 Orders Robinson has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options l>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC