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Plane Accident Lawsuit

Discussion in 'News' started by vfx, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    The pilot's estate is being sued.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_17221205?source=rss&nclick_check=1

    http://green.autoblog.com/2011/02/02/suit-filed-against-estate-of-pilot-in-tesla-employee-plane-crash/
     
  2. PopSmith

    PopSmith Saving for a Model 3

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    That's pretty lame if you ask me. They were all tight-nit Tesla employees and the accident was clearly just that, an accident.

    Stuff like this makes me hate lawyers because you make an honest mistake and they want you to pay out the nose for it.
     
  3. Lloyd

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    #3 Lloyd, Feb 2, 2011
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    It's a shame that lawsuits have to result. I am the director of operations and owner of a charter airline, and from the article the pilot did nothing illegal. However, he did push the envelope if the data in the article is correct. An old saying goes which applies to pilots and life in general: " We have old pilots, and we have bold pilots, but we do not have old bold pilots" . Rules that would have prevented a charter airline from departing in the conditions reported may have kept them safe. I'm not proposing more regulation. We have a semi free society, and have the right to make decisions on our own. Unfortunately the decisions that we make can affect others. The FAA may find that mechanical failure was complicit in the accident, explaining his low altitude and lack of ability to climb.
     
  4. benji4

    benji4 Roadster 2.5 #0476

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    Horrible shame that it has to come to this. Based on the people I know at Tesla, it really is a big family just as much as it is a corporation, and you have to think those guys who did in the crash would not have wanted something like this to happen.
     
  5. Doug_G

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    It's always a judgement call when you're flying. If you only ever operate your aircraft in "severe clear" you'll fly three times a year. That said, it's always better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than to be in the air wishing you were on the ground.

    What I'm wondering is why does the article in the media need to have a huge Tesla logo across the top. The lawsuit has nothing to do with the company.
     
  6. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    The pilot's family is grieving and now this?
     
  7. strider

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    Yeah, isn't this what life insurance is for? In the lead up to our kid being born my wife and I both cranked up our life insurance policies so if something happens we'll know the remaining parent won't have to stress about money. Sad that they have to sue someone because of their own lack of planning.
     
  8. benji4

    benji4 Roadster 2.5 #0476

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    Probably not fair to say that -- they may had all the coverage they needed. That doesn't seem to stop some people from suing to get even more on top of that!
     
  9. tdelta1000

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    vfx, Popsmith, Strider, Benji4, Lloyd and Doug_G you guy all echo my exact sentiments about this whole thing. If she wanted to do that then why not sooner?
     

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