Mon, Feb 21, 2011
Plane Manufacturer "Negligent And Careless" In Aircraft
The family of a Jacksonville Beach, FL woman fatally injured
when a Bombardier Q400 being operated by Colgan Air as Continental
Connection Flight 3407 went down in Buffalo has sued the
manufacturer for alleged negligence in the aircraft design.
The Florida Times-Union reports that the parents of
Ellyce Kausner filed the federal lawsuit this month. John and
Marilyn Kausner claim that Bombardier was "negligent and careless"
in the design of the Q400 by not including mechanical warning
systems which were more efficient. A New York attorney representing
the Kausners said that along with a better-designed low-speed
warning system, the airplanes icing warning system was also
Kausner lived in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and was traveling to
visit family in New York when the accident occurred.
In its probable cause report, the NTSB found that the crash was
largely the result of inattention on the part of the cockpit crew
during approach, and that one of the crew was not properly trained
in how the "stick pusher" works.
The attorney said the suit was filed this month so as to be not
to exceed the two-year statute of limitations on the case.
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