Lawsuits from GIII Aspen crash go to trial

 - July 28, 2008, 11:51 AM

A wrongful-death trial in connection with the fatal crash of a Gulfstream III in Aspen, Colo., on March 29, 2001, started last month in Los Angeles Superior Court. The plaintiffs, representing the families of three of the 18 people killed in the accident, are seeking damages from the aircraft owner, operator and the estate of the pilots, who were also killed in the crash. The plaintiffs allege the pilots “exposed the passengers to undue risk of harm and death” when an attempt was made to land the airplane at Aspen “under unsafe weather conditions and in violation of the airport’s curfew.” They further claim that the defendants’ conduct violated more than 10 federal, state and local regulations (AIN, August 2002, page 54).