Lawsuit Filed Against Pilot in Deadly California Crash

November 8, 2013

The family of a woman killed when a private jet crashed into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport in September has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of the pilot who also died in the accident.

KCBS-TV reports the suit was filed Tuesday on behalf of Kyla Dupont’s three sons. The suit claims pilot Mark Benjamin negligently maintained, controlled and landed the twin-engine Cessna which crashed Sept. 29, killing all four people aboard.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

A preliminary investigative report by the National Transportation Safety Board provides no indication of why the aircraft crashed.

Santa Monica officials sued the Federal Aviation Administration last month to gain control of the city’s embattled airport, which local groups want to turn into a park.

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