Port Charlotte Man Awarded $3.83 Million in Balloon Accident

November 6, 2012

Port Charlotte Man Awarded $3.83 Million in Balloon Accident

A New Mexico jury has awarded a 72-year-old Port Charlotte man $3.86 million in damages after finding that the pilot of a hot air balloon was reckless and the Balloon Fiesta organization was negligent in a 2009 balloon accident that left the Florida man with debilitating injuries. The man had been a passenger in the…

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July 11, 2011

Investigation Finds Plane Crashed on I-10 Due to Water in Fuel Tanks

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded an investigation into a twin-engine plane that crash landed on Interstate 10 last August and found that the fuel was contaminated with water. The plane took off from the Westside’s Herlong Airport heading to Craig Airport in Jacksonville on August 31. A private pilot and certified flight…

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April 8, 2011

Airline Fines Not Enforced, Raises Safety Questions

CBS News wanted to find out how many airlines actually pay fines after they are cited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for safety problems. The story evolved from the failure of a fuselage of a Boeing 737-300 that developed a five-foot hole in the roof during a Southwest Airlines flight on Friday, April 1….

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June 29, 2010

Parents of Law Student Killed in Buffalo Plane Crash File Suit

According to a Florida Times-Union story, the parents of a Florida Coastal School of Law student have filed a lawsuit against Continental Airlines for her death last year in a plane crash. Ellyce Kausner, 24, died along with 49 others when a Continental Airlines commuter jet, flown by two tired pilots, crashed over Buffalo, New…

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June 16, 2010

Parents Urged to Use Child Restraint System on Aircraft

Just in time for the summer travel season comes word that parents are advised to use child restraint systems when traveling with children on a plane. Many times parents allow children to sit on their laps on flights. But in case of turbulence or even a sudden stop on the runway, experienced travelers will tell…

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April 8, 2010

Winter Haven Plane Crash Kills Pilot, Dog Survives

A single-engine plane crash in Winter Haven has killed the pilot but spared his passenger and dog. A 45-year-old male flight instructor of Brooksville crashed shortly after taking off from the Winter Haven Airport. He landed on the side of Highway 92. When rescuers arrived, they found the man lying on the ground and paramedics…

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