Mon, Dec 03, 2007
Fire Department Took Four Hours To Respond To Downed Twin
Krista and Matt Plumlee, the parents
of two young girls who died in an airplane accident near
California's Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS) last year, are suing
the city, according to the Fresno Bee.
As ANN reported, Pilot
Bernard Sinor, his wife Betty and their two granddaughters Jorjanna
and Kyndal Plumlee perished when the twin-engine Piper PA-30 went
down in January 13, 2006.
The preliminary National Transportation Safety Board
investigation indicated the aircraft stalled while turning from
base-leg to final approach in a night VFR landing at the Visalia
In their lawsuit, the Plumlee's claim that city firefighters
contributed to the children's deaths by failing to react to an
eyewitness report of the crash. The Visalia Fire Department
responded four hours after the crash.
Earlier this year, the department conducted its own
investigation into the allegations -- and in March, penalized four firefighters
-- three of whom were on duty at the time of the accident --
for failing to properly respond to reports of the plane crash.
In the lawsuit filed in Tulare County Superior Court last month,
the girls' parents claim the Visalia Fire Department dismissed the
Attorneys for the city argue the children's injuries were so
severe they could not have survived the crash.
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