Widows File Federal Lawsuits Over 2004 Crash | 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

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 09.14.17

Airborne 09.18.17

Airborne 09.19.17

Airborne 09.20.17

Airborne 09.14.17

Airborne 09.15.17

Airborne-Unmanned 09.19.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 09.14.17

Airborne 09.18.17

Airborne 09.19.17

Airborne 09.20.17

Airborne 09.14.17

Airborne 09.15.17

Airborne-Unmanned 09.19.17

NEW!!! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview -- YouTube Presentation / Vimeo Presentation

Fri, Apr 20, 2007

Widows File Federal Lawsuits Over 2004 Crash

Alleges ATC Error, Negligence

The widows of three Indiana men killed in an October 2004 crash in Missouri have sued the federal government. Three separate and individual suits charge controllers directed the aircraft into a dangerous thunderstorm causing the crash.

All suits challenge a government investigation claiming pilot William M. Shearer lost control of the Beechcraft A36. As Aero-News reported, Shearer -- along with passengers Dr. Ronald D. Kracke and Armand H. McClintock -- perished during the flight from South Dakota to Indiana.

Air traffic controllers in Minneapolis vectored Shearer south of his original flight path to avoid a line of storms. Reportedly, the A36 turned east at 8:10 pm, and was handed off to a new controller in Kansas City, who erred by not giving any more weather guidance. The lawsuits claim by 8:36 pm, the plane disappeared off radar as it flew into a thunderstorm, according to the Indianapolis Star.

A commercial pilot witness told the NTSB, "Aircraft spun out of clouds, began recovery, hit the ground, [and] burst of flame immediately." The NTSB stated in its probable report, "The pilot not maintaining airplane control during cruise flight. Factors present were night and thunderstorm conditions."

"The question is why," said Bruce Kehoe, an attorney representing Kimberly Fox, McClintock's wife. "Is it weather-related? And would timely and accurate weather information from air traffic controllers have made a difference? Our contention is yes."

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory and all three plaintiffs declined comment to the Indianapolis Star.

US government attorneys blamed the pilot's "negligent conduct" and said air traffic controllers "exercised due care and diligence at all times." Joseph Bosco, a Chicago attorney representing Kracke's Susan, said Shearer followed all instructions and suggestions given by controllers.

Presiding Judge David F. Hamilton must decide if controllers are responsible when they provide weather guidance to pilots who don't have on-board radar. Shearer did not.

"We're going to help every pilot out there as much as we can," said Howard Blankenship, the Central Region vice president for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. He said ATCs primary role, however, is to keep aircraft from colliding.

The suits do not specify the amount of damages being sought, but a statement filed with the court in January indicates Susan Kracke is asking for $6 million.

FMI: www.ntsb.gov

Advertisement

More News

RFP: ANN Seeking New Site/Facility For Major Studio Upgrade

It's Official: Aggressive Upgrades For New Airborne Programs WILL Require New Digs It's been in development for years, but we're getting to a point where we think we can pull off s>[...]

Airborne 09.15.17: More ATC Privatization Oppo, ICAO Drone Registry?, KSMO

Also: Pipistrel Charging, GA/Drones To The Rescue, Gordon Bennett, SpiceJet, United, USAF v Irma, CL-415 Six former team commanders of the USAF Thunderbirds and US Navy Blue Angels>[...]

AMA Drone Report 09.14.17: MultiGP Nat’l Championship, GDU O2, ICAO Registration

Also: AMA Monitoring Volunteer Drones, Aerix DaVinci, FAA ReAuthorization, TobyRich, ADR Test Pilots The 2017 MultiGP National Drone Racing Championship are being held now through >[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.18.17)

“Following the award of the contract to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft, this contract award is the next major step forward toward ensuring an overall affordable progr>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 09.12.17: AUVSI Initiatives, UAS v Hurricanes, Collapsible GDU

Also: Hydrogen-Powered Jupiter-H2 UAS, Red Cross, PrecisionHawk, Drone Privacy, Inview Drone Inspection AUVSI announced at a meeting of its Remote Pilots Council several initiative>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC