Private Jet Crashes on Runway in Santa Monica

October 19, 2013
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The airplane crash lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are also monitoring the progress of the investigation into the September 29, 2013 crash of a twin-engine Cessna Citation crashed while landing at Santa Monica Airport in California killing all four of its passengers. Upon touching down, the jet veered off the runway and collided with a nearby hangar. Investigators initially suspected that worn out landing gear played a role in the crash, but the NTSB found no signs of unusual wear or tire problems upon a preliminary review. According to the NTSB, the jet’s pilot “did not express over the radio any problems prior to or during the landing.” The family of one deceased passenger has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the pilot’s estate and the aircraft’s management company alleging that the pilot failed to maintain proper control over the plane, failed to undertake the necessary actions to achieve a safe flight, acted unreasonably in the landing of the plane, and failed to maintain the aircraft with proper repairs.