Important US Flight School Lawsuit Dismissed

10th Sep 2022

Pennsylvania Court Decision Dismisses Lawsuit Against a Flight School and Its CFI Following Tragic Crash

Pennsylvania’s Superior Court has upheld lower court’s decision in dismissing the lawsuit against a flight school and its CFI following tragic crash of pilot and its passenger in 2018.  The Plaintiffs, alleging malpractice, contend that the failure of the pilot in the usage of Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS) caused the fatal accident tantamount to lack or inadequate training on the part of the pilot. Hence, negligence on the part of the flight school and its CFI.

The Flight Training Industry has been following this case closely as the case could have implications that a flight school or CFI could be held liable for what could be termed “Educational Malpractice” which would have resulted in changes in the industry practises.

Although the decision is on appeal to the highest court of Pennsylvania, the dismissal of the case provides comfort to the flight schools in the state.

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