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"Plane Crash Kills Radio Host, Family Sues"

February 21, 2007

The family of a radio host who died seven years ago in an aviation accident has filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming that the deaths of the host, and another passenger could have been prevented.

The family of the Host, Bob Collins of WGN-AM 720, said the accident, which killed Collins along with Herman Luscher, another passenger, did not have to happen.

The Accident

Collins’ plane collided with another aircraft in midair. The plane Collins rode in crashed into the roof of a hospital. The other craft crashed into the street.

While it is not known exactly what caused the crash, many, including the National Transportation Safety Board, suspect that the lack of radar at the nearby control tower could have contributed.

The NTSB said that if the control tower had been better equipped, the crash may not have happened.

An NTSB inspector, David Bowling, said, “The FAA air traffic control specialist that I talked to said that radar might have prevented this accident.”

The local Waukagen tower did not have radar at the time of the crash but has since had it installed. The FAA officials said that the tower had met the minimum requirements for radar long before, but they never received it. In contrast, nearby Meigs Field, which is smaller, had received its radar years before.

“There were safety aids that could have been utilized that day that would have prevented this tragedy,” said the Collins’ attorney, Robert Clifford.

The Damages

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for the death of Bob Collins.

“You have a family that lost a husband, you have a family that lost a husband and a dad, you have a family that lost a daughter,” said Clifford. “All of those things are so profound, and they weigh very heavily.”

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Aviation law is becoming increasingly important, as the number of passengers and airplane flights grows larger. Human mistakes and mechanical difficulties are two of the most common causes of aviation accidents. Our expert aviation accident attorneys can help families and victims of aircraft accidents and help eliminate preventable disasters from occurring in the future.

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