Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Results in General Aviation Lawsuit

Case Title: Martinez v. Avco Corporation

On January 20, 2005, a Piper PA-32RT-300T airplane, N2144C, was damaged after it crashed near Municipio Guerrero, State of Coahuila, in Mexico. The two pilots were killed. The flight originated at the Mid-Way Regional Airport in Midlothian-Waxahachie, Texas, destined for the Gillespie County Airport near Fredericksburg, Texas. The pilot was flying the plane to Fredericksburg for an inspection before a friend purchased it. He was an experienced pilot, although he had not flown this particular airplane before. Both pilots were tested for multiple toxins and found to have excessive amounts of carbon dioxide in their blood. It is believed that a faulty heat exchanger caused the carbon monoxide poisoning of the pilot and co-pilot, and the plane crashed when it ran out of fuel. Slack Davis Sanger represented the pilot’s estate on behalf of his adult children. Ladd Sanger secured a substantial, confidential pretrial settlement for the family.

Ladd Sanger is an attorney and a licensed pilot who focuses on aviation accidents, including product liability, product litigation, and representing clients who have been injured as a result of aviation accidents. His experience as a pilot helps him understand the technical aspects of aviation crashes.

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