Improper Maneuver at Altitude Leads to General Aviation Lawsuit

Case Title: Estate of Vincent Losada v. Pea Hochso, LLC

On November 17, 2018, a North American P51, N4132A, crashed into an apartment building parking lot near Fredericksburg, Texas. The pilot and passenger suffered fatal injuries, and the plane was destroyed. The purpose of the flight was a fly-over of a World War II educational presentation and reenactment. On the day of the crash, the pilot made his first pass over the educational event in a low-level pass. As it turned to the right, it began to drop. The plane collided with the ground at a near-vertical angle.

The NTSB ultimately stated that the probable cause of the crash was the pilot’s decision to perform a low-level maneuver at an altitude that prevented him from recovering. Slack Davis Sanger represented the family of the passenger killed in the crash.

Mike Slack has been practicing law for over 36 years and has litigated hundreds of lawsuits. His experience as a licensed pilot and former NASA aerospace engineer gives him unique insight into aviation accident lawsuits.

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