Company Owned Aircraft That Went Down During Traffic
Well-known South Florida traffic
reporter Paul Cavenaugh has settled his lawsuit against Air Coastal
Helicopter. The company owned the aircraft from which Cavenaugh was
doing his daily morning traffic report when a mechanical failure
caused it to go down.
Both Cavenaugh and pilot Takayki Tanaka walked away from the
autorotation landing which broke the tail boom off the aircraft and
ruptured the fuel tank. But as time went on, Cavenaugh, whose real
last name is Kasprzyk according to the Palm Beach Post, began to
suffer chronic back pain and problems walking.
The NTSB listed the probable cause of the accident as "a loss of
engine power due to an under-torqued air line fitting to the fuel
control." Cavenaugh's attorney William Williams said the pilot
should be given credit for missing power lines and bringing the
aircraft down in an industrial park in Boynton Beach, FL.
The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. Williams said
simply that Cavenaugh was "satisfied" with the settlement, and
ready to move on. The case was slated to go to trial next week.
He is no longer employed as a traffic reporter in South Florida,
however. His contracts were not renewed for reasons unrelated to