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"Wrongful Death Lawsuit Reinstated"

April 26 , 2007

An Illinois appellate court judge reinstated a lawsuit filed against Lima Lima Flight Team, Inc.—a civilian aerobatic squadron. The lawsuit, which was filed by the family of a pilot killed during a rehearsal flight in 1999, had been dismissed in October 2005.

Keith J. Evans, 61, died when his plane collided with one being flown by James O. Martin, another Lima pilot, during a “pop-top break” maneuver. In 2001, Evans’ wife and two grown children filed a negligence lawsuit against Lima, Martin, and eight others.

According to the 2005 dismissal, Lima could not be held responsible for failing to adequately train or instruct its pilots.

The appellate judge, however, said “factual questions remain as to whether Lima Lima was negligent in failing to develop and implement a procedure upon the loss of visual contact and whether its alleged negligence was a proximate cause of Evans’ death.”

Evans’ family is seeking more than $3 million in damages.

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