Family Of CWRU Student Killed in Plane Crash Files Discovery Action

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | September 9th, 2014

When an airplane crashes in the United States, the National Transportation Safety Board is called to the scene to investigate and later determine what the probable cause was. The NTSB’s role is solely to find out what caused the airplane to crash; they are not authorized to find out who or which parties (whether it be the pilot, a maintenance facility, the airplane manufacturer or others) are responsible for the crash.

That task falls into the hands of lawyers representing the victims’ families. In the crash of the Cessna 172R near Cuyahoga County airport late last month claiming the lives of four CWRU students, including 2 freshman, there are more questions than answers right now. Who authorized this flight? Was this flight part of the fraternity “rush” or recruitment program? Who determined whether the pilot was qualified and experienced to operate an aircraft with passengers at night where visual cues are limited? Who maintained this airplane which reportedly was having engine problems? These and many more questions will be answered in the course of a Discovery Action which Jamie R. Lebovitz and Jordan D. Lebovitz of the Nurenberg Paris law firm filed today in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court. As investigation and discovery progresses, there will be clarity as to who should be held accountable