Jury: Pilots not negligent in deadly crash

Posted at 6:19 AM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 08:26:22-04

A Weld County jury has determined that two pilots were not negligent when their planes almost collided and one crashed, killing all five people on board in Erie in 2014.

The single-engine Piper PA 46 crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport, a few hundred yards northwest of the runway, according to the NTSB.

The Daily Camera reports the family of Tori Rains-Wedan and her three sons had filed four separate wrongful death lawsuits in connection with the crash at Erie Municipal Airport.

The lawsuits claimed "bad piloting" caused the crash. They named the estate of pilot Oliver Frascona and the pilot of another plane on the runway, Joe Lechtanski, as defendants.

Investigators had determined that Frascona's plane, which had been carrying the Wedan family, crashed after coming close to Lechtanski's.

But the jury determined Wednesday that neither of the pilots was at fault.

The Wedans' attorney didn't respond to requests for comment.

Frascona was a well-known real estate attorney. Frascona lived in Erie's Airpark neighborhood.


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