The widows of four American men killed after their plane crashed into a shopping centre near Essendon airport shortly after take-off plan to sue the pilot’s estate for millions in damages.
Gordon Legal, the law firm representing the four women, said it expected to file legal action in the next two months after the findings from an investigation into the crash were released on Monday.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau found that the pilot not completing a pre-flight checklist was the primary reason for the Beechcraft B200 King Air plunging into the roof of DFO on February 21 last year.
The report found that the plane’s directional control system was set to turn left before take-off, causing it to crash into the roof of the DFO outlet almost immediately.
A pre-flight checklist by experienced pilot Max Quartermain should have discovered that the aircraft’s rudder trim was in full nose left position, the bureau’s investigators found.