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Pilots who survived Vein Guys crash file suits

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Two pilots who survived a fiery plane crash that killed five Vein Guys staff members have filed suit against the city of Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia Power Co. and Milliken & Co.

The crash, still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, happened in February, when the plane aborted a landing at the Thomson airport, went airborne at the end of the runway, then hit the top of a 60-foot-tall concrete utility pole.

Vein Guys co-founder Dr. Steven Roth and employees Kim Davidson, Heidi McCorkle, Tiffany Porter and Lisa Volpitto were killed. Pilots Richard Trammell and Jeremy Hayden were injured. The crew was returning to Thomson from a vascular surgery practice in Nashville, Tenn.

The pilots’ suit was filed in Fulton County, according to Thomson City Manager Don Powers. He said the city recently filed a motion petitioning the court to move the cases to Mcduffie County.

City officials also recently met with insurance company attorneys to outline plans for discovery responses and are now starting to answer them, Powers said. There is still no word from the NTSB on what caused the crash.

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just an opinion
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just an opinion 11/14/13 - 11:27 pm
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Really?

This is sad.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/15/13 - 05:55 am
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It's about insurance

'Nuff said.

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 11/15/13 - 08:15 am
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It's about attorneys and insurance

One says - There's a lot of money here, you'd better sue.
Another says - To protect yourself, you'd better sue.
Perhaps Georgia Power, over their damaged pole, will sue.

The aftermath of disasters like this is always so sad and so predictable.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/13 - 08:32 am
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How did the pilots survive and we don't know the cause of the
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crash? This is an unprecedented tragedy. Not an accident.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/13 - 08:33 am
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There can be only a few causes for a runway overshoot?
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There can be only a few causes for a runway overshoot?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/13 - 08:34 am
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Ken Nuggent anyone? The lights were not functioning.
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Ken Nuggent anyone? The lights were not functioning.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 11/15/13 - 08:41 am
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Could it have been pilot

Could it have been pilot error, could they have come in too high and had to go around for another try? Could the instruments been wrong?

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 11/15/13 - 08:59 am
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It is always someone elses

It is always someone elses fault. There seems to be little doubt that pilot error was the cause of this crash. Too high and too fast and a delayed decision to go around most likely was the cause.

bright idea
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bright idea 11/15/13 - 09:28 am
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Ga Power

The huge pot of Ga Power money make these lawsuits absolutely irresistible to ambulance chasing lawyers. Can't even wait on a NTSB ruling.

faithson
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faithson 11/15/13 - 09:42 am
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lets see how that 60 foot

lets see how that 60 foot pole plays out. maybe a problem when such a structure is in the direct line of runway take off and landing. Interesting to see what paperwork GA Power has concerning its placement and if any questions ever came up about it being 'in line' with the runway vector.

David Parker
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David Parker 11/15/13 - 09:48 am
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To sue or be sued. That is the question

No blame here. I would do the same thing. The way the system works, you are suggesting that your actions may be at fault by not bringing a lawsuit when you incurr damage. It's called protection and if you're afforded it, I suggest exercising it.

karradur
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karradur 11/15/13 - 10:00 am
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Hey, pilots.

No matter how much money you sue for, you can't resurrect the dead.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 11/15/13 - 10:09 am
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Poster Child

For litigation reform. Insurance reform. Ambulance Chaser reform. This will never make the devastated families 'whole' again. Sad...

Sweet son
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Sweet son 11/15/13 - 12:20 pm
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Pilot Error?

Most probable cause.

spirit
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spirit 11/15/13 - 01:17 pm
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If anyone should get money

If anyone should get money shouldn't it be the families of the ones that did not survive????

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/15/13 - 01:21 pm
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These pilots really need this money

because the families are going to sue their tails off for pilot error.

David Parker
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David Parker 11/15/13 - 02:11 pm
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SHouldn't be too difficult to

SHouldn't be too difficult to call out the guilty party, considering how many experts are weighing in here with all the clarification. wink (poking stick)

Just let it play out and learn. Fiat is exactly to the point. If you don't sue, you are suggesting culpability. Doesn't matter if you had no fault, it's the suggestion. Just like people in this thread making calls and judgements, you don't sue, you are guilty in the eyes of Public opinion. Don't sue and good luck with your defense against the state of Georg....err ga power.

lsmith
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lsmith 11/15/13 - 04:06 pm
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The passengers died, the
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The passengers died, the pilots survive and somehow feel they need to sue somebody. Shameless. The victims families should be suing the pilots

proudgunowner
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proudgunowner 11/15/13 - 11:39 pm
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I hate it when.....
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As a private pilot with close to 1000 hours (not current for over 10 years) I ALWAYS hated it when those darn factories jumped up in front of me on approach.......

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