FAA and air traffic control company agree to settlements in fatal Wyoming plane crash

  • Article by: BEN NEARY , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 18, 2013 - 4:25 PM

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The federal government and a company that provides air traffic control services at the Jackson Hole Airport have entered confidential settlements to end lawsuits brought by estates of a Minnesota man and his three sons who died in a plane crash after taking off from the airport.

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ringneck1Nov. 18, 13 2:54 PM

And the lawyers will make out like bandits.

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reidNov. 18, 13 4:05 PM

As a pilot, if I am ultimately responsible for flight planning, knowing the terrain in my flight path or potential flight path, and the weather and the condition of my aircraft. While it is indeed tragic if there was erroneous information given by a controller or tower (of which I have been and so have others, I'm sure) which the pilot should have challenged or compared to what you know about the area you are operating in. If there is a settlement over this, then as taxpayers footing the bill, we'd damn well better know how much it is, and also be aware that the fault of any accident is mainly with the pilot. This isn't the first time a weather related accident has occurred at that airport, and always has been an over confident pilot who just had to get home. Tragic for the families, but the report of a substantial settlement hints that someone thought the pilot was little at fault. I guess it pays to blame the other guy, which politicians do all the time.

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fatredneckNov. 18, 13 6:01 PM

I don't understand this award either. It is not unsual to receive an amended clearance just before takeoff. The onus is on the pilot to accept or reject the clearance if their aircraft is unable to fly it. Which is exactly what it sounds like here. "TETON3 KICNE RIW" A departure to the SW and turn east, direct Riverton at 14000' over terrain reaching nearly that high.. in possible icing conditions. Yeah. All ATC's fault. They were instructed to climb to 16000 after turning East but they just couldn't do it.

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