NTSB Couldn't Determine Who Was PIC
The NTSB investigated
the February 2007 crash of a Socata TBM700 in a bad-weather
approach to the New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) in
Massachusetts, and concluded the cause was pilot error. But the
board never reached a conclusion on who was serving as
Now, the parents of the certified flight instructor sitting in
the right seat at the time of the crash are suing the estate of the
prominent Allentown, PA attorney and pilot who was sitting in the
left seat, reports The Allentown Morning Call.
The lawsuit contends it was the attorney who was seated in front
of the primary flight display, and revealed in recordings to have
been the one communicating with controllers.
The lawyer, Peter Karoly, was flying his wife, dentist Lauren
Angstadt, to Massachusetts to visit a doctor regarding a vocal cord
problem. The CFI, Michael J. Milot, worked for Karoly.
As ANN reported, the plane
missed its first approach while trying to make an instruments-only
landing in the wet, foggy weather, and crashed on the second
approach to the airport.
At the time of the crash, the temperature was 33 to 34 degrees
at the airport, and there was rain and fog. Cloud cover was at 200
feet and visibility was one mile, said NTSB investigator Robert J.
In their suit, Milot's parents contend Karoly was at the
controls when the single-engine turboprop entered a 4,000
foot-per-minute climb just before the crash. The paper says they
are seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.