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" Widow Sues FAA for Husband's Plane Crash "

October 24, 2006

A widow, and the family of a Michigan man who was killed in a small plane crash is suing the Federal Aviation Administration for $5 million, claiming that the FAA's incomplete weather briefing caused her husband's plane to fly into a storm and crash.

The crash, which took place in Virginia on Feb. 11, 2000, claimed the lives of the pilot Daniel Wood, and the passenger, James Srock on a flight back from a trip to Florida.

Theresa, Srock's widow, filed the lawsuit in federal court in 2004.

The government has hired four attorneys, and a paralegal for legal defense, and a former space shuttle astronaut as an expert witness.

“They've expended a tremendous amount of resources on this case,” said Srock's attorney, Robert Blamer.

The case revolves around the weather briefing given by Gloria Day, an FAA official, to Wood on the day of the fatal accident.

Blamer said that if Day had given an accurate and complete weather briefing, her husband would not have flown that course that day.

An expert witness corroborated that Day did not give Wood an accurate assessment of the weather.

Day has been decertified, and is no longer allowed to brief pilots. She is being given remedial training.

Theresa, Srock's widow, said that the government and their lawyers are trying to depict her former husband as reckless. “He was adventurous; he wasn't a risk taker,” she said.

Srock, 57 at his death, was a father of three, and owner of a manufacturing company.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an aviation accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with an experienced aviation attorney who can examine your case thoroughly, and aggressively defend your best interests.

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