Lawsuit Claims Poor Maintenance Led to 2009 Plane Crash

The children of a man who died in a 2009 plane crash are suing companies that inspected and repaired the aircraft.The children of a 70-year-old Florida man who was killed after a 2009 plane crash are suing the companies that they allege had repaired and inspected the aircraft, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The victim, Donald Breazeal, died in May 2009 after his single engine plane crashed at the Palm Beach County Park airport. Although Breazeal owned the aircraft at the time of the accident, the newspaper said it was being piloted by James Henderson, a 68-year-old man from Lake Worth.

The Breazeals filed a lawsuit on May 6 in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, claiming that the companies Wings and Whirlybirds Inc., Florida AirMotive and Air Excaliber are responsible for the incident because they did not make sure the plane was in good condition, reported the paper.

The news report said an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that faulty maintenance may have been responsible for the aircraft’s engine failure, which occurred soon after take off.

According to a previous report from the newspaper, the plane was headed straight toward an airstrip with about nine people on it seconds before the crash. Witnesses told the paper that the pilot veered strongly to the left and slammed into the ground in an apparent attempt avoid the crowd.