Minnesota Jury Awards $16.4M To Families Of Cirrus Aircraft Plane Crash Victims
Wrongful death lawsuit
This Minnesota wrongful death case involved two men who were flying a Cirrus SR-22 four passenger plane. According to an article in the Star Tribune, Gary Prokop purchased the plane from Cirrus Aircraft and received training on how to operate it as part of the purchase agreement. Prokop was flying the plane with passenger Jim Kosak in 2003, but Prokop became disoriented and lacked proficiency in using the plane's autopilot system. The plane crashed and killed both men.
Their families sued Cirrus and the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation, a private flight training firm on the university campus, and alleged that the instruction the company provided was inadequate. Although Cirrus disagreed and said that overcast conditions were the real reason for the crash, the families' MN personal injury attorney was able to prove to the jury that Prokop's lack of training was primarily responsible for their deaths. A jury awarded the families $16.4 million - $9 million of which will be used to support Prokop's wife and three children and $7.4 million which will be used to support Kosak's wife and five children.
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