A lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of the estate of
Kathleen Kern, one of the victim's in the deadly plane crash on Lana'i on
Heather Shannon, Kern's sister, is the plaintiff. Maui
Air, Maui Aircraft Leasing LLC and the estate of Richard Rooney, the pilot of
the aircraft who also died in the accident, are the defendants.
The lawsuit claims it was pilot error that caused the
crash. It seeks unspecified damages for Kern's estate.
"The NTSB is going to go into
checking the engines, looking at the maintenance records. All I can say
is this particular aircraft, from experts I've spoken to, is not one that has
had a lot of major problems in the past" said Rick Fried, attorney for the
Results from the National
Transportation Safety Board's investigation are still pending.
Kern, Rooney and Tremaine Balberdi
all died in the crash. Three other passengers, James Giroux, Doug Miller
and Mark King survived.