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"Fatal Aviation Accident Prompts Another Lawsuit"

June 23, 2006

A fatal plane crash that killed four men earlier this year near Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Illinois has generated another lawsuit.

A lawyer for the estate of Scott Garland, a 40-year-old financial adviser at Morgan Stanley who died in the crash, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the engine manufacturer and the pilot's estate on Thursday.

Garland died on January 30 after the Cessna 421B crashed in a corporate park approximately a half-mile from the airport. All four passengers were killed, including Kenneth Knudson, who piloted the plane.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board described the crash one of tremendous destruction.

Aviation attorney John Scott Hoff said that it appeared as though a wing stall caused the accident. He added that many factors can cause a wing stall including structural failure, mechanical problem, or even pilot error.

The NTSB is still investigating the crash. According to officials at the agency, communication between the pilot and the tower at the airport was normal just prior to the crash.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Richard Burke Jr. in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that pilot error and engine failure caused the fatal crash. Two wrongful death lawsuits have already been filed on behalf of other victims of the crash – Mark Turek and Michael Waugh.

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