Jury: Cirrus not at fault in crash that killed Yankees pitcher

There are 4 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 24, 2011, titled Jury: Cirrus not at fault in crash that killed Yankees pitcher. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A jury has found that a Minnesota airplane maker was not responsible for the crash of a small jet into a Manhattan apartment building that killed New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor.

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Nostradumas

Maple Plain, MN

#1 May 24, 2011
The family of Lidle and his instructor insisted that the plane went down because its flight controls jammed.

Some Lawyer came up with that excuse. 5 years later and how much money wasted on Lawyers?
Reg and the PFJ

Hopkins, MN

#2 May 24, 2011
From the NTSB report: The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this ACC as follows:

The pilots' inadequate planning, judgment, and airmanship in the performance of a 180ยบ turn maneuver inside of a limited turning space.

No frozen controls, no big conspiracy. Just simple laws of physics (where turn radius is increased proportionally with airspeed.) Aviation is a precise and unforgiving vocation. Sometimes you just don't get a second chance.

Also, the aircraft was a piston-engined aircraft, not a jet.
Paulus

Minneapolis, MN

#3 May 24, 2011
He was flying a Cirrus SR22, which is not a jet airplane but rather propellor driven.
Dale

Rochester, MN

#4 May 24, 2011
As with all families where pilots and passengers are lost in an accident, there is grief. Condolences to both families.

However, do not try to leap on the gravy train by implying an error on the part of the manufacturer, and a reason to sue.

Damage to the image of safety is huge with such foolishness as demonstrated here. A generation ago, Beechcraft Bonanzas were known as 'doctor killers' because they were slippery high performance aircraft piloted by those who were busy and had less time to stay proficient in a very high performance (for the time and even now) aircraft. I tend to think that responsibility for one's actions and fewer high profile lawyers were around for hearse chasing.

Private aircraft can be a wonderful way to expand your circle of travel, and the satisfaction of piloting your own plane is grand. I know a couple guys who own a Cirrus together and they approach flying it like a professional pilot with good preflight briefing of weather, their plane and evaluate their level of fatigue and skills, rather than kicking the tires and lighting the fire for a quick sightseeing tour of NYC.

Why this took a month is beyond me. And the fact that the jury took less than a day to return a verdict speaks loudly, too.

Tort reform cannot come too soon in this country. How would you have liked to have been selected for that jury seating?

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