Pilot, Manufacturer Named As Plaintiffs
fatal 2006 plane crash that killed three people, including the
treasurer of the Jupiter, FL-based Cirrus Owners and Pilots
Association (COPA), has spurred a lawsuit, and accusations against
the plane's pilot and Cirrus Design.
As ANN reported, COPA
treasurer Barbara Fornell, her husband Glen, and passenger
Mario Alberto Castillo were lost when their SR22 went down off
Hutchinson Island, FL, shortly after takeoff from Witham Field in
Stuart, FL. Glen Fornell was reportedly at the controls when the
plane took off February 4, 2006.
Just after takeoff, Fornell radioed ATC stating he was having
instrument problems, and requested a return to Stuart. The plane
impacted the ocean shortly after.
In the lawsuit -- filed on behalf of Castillo's estate, wife,
and two children -- family members allege Fornell "failed to
exercise the required degree of care in securing the safety" of the
The suit also names the plane's owner, Aircraft Guaranty
Management and Trust in Houston, TX, alleging it failed to ensure
the aircraft was safe before takeoff, according to the Treasure
Cirrus Design is also named in the litigation, for allegedly
failing to design the SR22 to be safe to fly in dangerous
conditions. Instrument conditions prevailed at the time of the
accident, and the plane was on an IFR flight plan to St. Augustine,