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The family of 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar who was killed in a plane crash last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of the student pilot, the plane’s owner, and a fraternity at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
The Cessna 172R crashed minutes after taking off from Cuyahoga County Airport, Ohio, on August 25, 2014.
According to the lawsuit, the nighttime flight that Pishevar boarded along with three other students was a part of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity’s recruitment drive. The suit alleges that the flight club failed to inspect the aircraft properly before allowing it to take off and says 19-year-old William Felten should have known that he was not capable of piloting the plane safely.
The lawsuit has been filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and is seeking at least $75,000 in damages.
The plane crashed on January 4, 2013, into a house close to the Flagler airport, resulting in the death of pilot, Charisse Peoples and another passenger. According to the lawsuit, the FAA showed negligence when Air Traffic Controller (ATC) directed the pilot to Flagler County Airport, Florida.
ATC had said Flagler airport was 4 miles from the plane’s location. The lawsuit claims that Flagler airport was actually 8 miles away at the time, whereas the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport was comparatively near. Furthermore, ATC directed the pilot to take a number of turns before landing, despite knowing the plane had insufficient engine power.