Friday, January 30, 2009
A Bellevue, Nebraska pilot and his family have refiled a lawsuit alleging a Cessna aircraft's poor design led to a 2007 crash that left him disabled.
Patrick O'Brien was flying a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan from Omaha to Alliance as an airmail pilot when he ran into icy conditions and crashed. He says he suffered brain injuries, nerve damage and broken bones.
He alleges Cessna and others responsible knew the plane was poorly designed for icy conditions.
The lawsuit was refiled Wednesday in U.S. District Court to add engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. and Cessna parent company Textron. The original lawsuit was filed in Douglas County District Court in 2008.
Goodrich Aerospace Co. and Suburban Air Services also are defendants.