4-Year-Old Girl Died On A Plane After Pilot Advised By Eye Doctor Not To Drive
A fatal Ohio plane crash took the life of a 4-year-old girl last summer, as well as the lives of five others. The five passengers paid for the plane ride, with the proceeds going to the Lions Club.
The National Transportation Safety Board just released their factual report, finding that the pilot manning the plane during the crash was advised on more than one occasion by his eye doctor not to drive. The pilot, 86-year-old Gene Damschroder, had been treated for macular degeneration for two years before the crash.
The Toledo Blade contacted Ohio child accident lawyer Dale Emch for his response to NTSB’s findings.
“I think the NTSB factual report makes it absolutely clear that Mr. Damschroder had no business driving a car let alone flying a plane, particularly a plane full of people who were paying to support the Lions Clubs,” Mr. Emch said. “I think it was really outrageous that he was flying around all of those people, all day long, let alone the young people of that plane that died that day, when he had been warned that he shouldn’t be driving a car, both in 2007 and 2008, according to the NTSB report.”
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