Family files suit in air crash

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2002

ANCHORAGE - Relatives of two people killed in a crash at the Dillingham airport in October have filed suit against PenAir, Cessna Aircraft and the estate of the dead pilot.

A complaint on behalf of Michael E. Grunert and his son, Samuel, says the Cessna Caravan that stalled after takeoff has design flaws that make it dangerous in icy weather. All 10 people on board the plane died in the crash.

Attorney Bob Wagstaff, himself a pilot, said the plane had been left out all night during an ice storm and improperly de-iced the next morning, Oct. 10, before attempting a flight to King Salmon.

The complaint also blames the pilot for the crash.

Bob Richmond, attorney for PenAir, said the National Transportation Safety Board has not completed its investigation so the cause of the crash is not yet known.

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