Kreindler Following Cessna 340A Airplane Crash in Santee, San Diego County, California
October 14, 2021
The pilot and only occupant of a twin-engine Cessna 340A was killed on October 11, 2021, when his plane crashed in Santee, California. Dr. Sugata Das was en route from Yuma, Arizona to San Diego, CA. Also killed as a result of the crash was UPS driver Steve Krueger, who was on the ground in his delivery truck when according to witnesses, the wing of the airplane clipped his truck. Reportedly 2 more people were seriously injured, 2 homes destroyed, and at least 5 other homes damaged as a result of the residential crash.
The Cessna, tail number N7022G was registered to Samarth Aviation LLC whose owner is listed as Dr. Das.
In the Media
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be investigating the crash. Reports detail communications from Air Traffic Control (ATC) urging Dr. Das to “climb immediately” as the plane approached Gillespie Field airport in El Cajon, CA. Despite the repeated warnings, the Cessna continued to descend.
Kreindler Experience with Cessna Crashes
Kreindler lawyers have handled many cases involving Cessna aircraft. Included among our previous Cessna cases is the tragic crash of a Cessna Citation II 550 business jet in which an emergency medical transplant team including two surgeons, two perfusionists, and two pilots were killed while transporting organs and en route to a patient awaiting a lung transplant at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Kreindler also filed suit on behalf of a New York family following the tragic crash of a Cessna R182 in New Fairfield, Connecticut which killed the pilot and his wife. The airplane lost all engine power and was determined to require an emergency landing before it crashed. The investigation revealed critical defects to the engine that the defendants had been aware of.
Kreindler prevailed against Cessna in a bird strike case following a Cessna 172S fatal crash in Texas.
Kreindler was successful in another Cessna case in which a pilot instructor crashed into a wooded area after experiencing a total loss of engine power.
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Photo Credit: Cessna 340A airplane, Mark Harkin