Tragic Mid-Air Crash Involving a Piper Cadet Airplane and a Piper Cub Airplane over Lake Hartridge in Winter Haven, Florida
March 8, 2023
Four people were tragically killed in a midair collision between a Piper PA-28-161 Cadet fixed wing airplane and a Piper J3C-65 Cub seaplane on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 over Lake Hartridge in Winter Haven, Florida. There were 2 people aboard each of the planes with no survivors.
The Piper PA-28-161 Cadet, registry number N9221D, was a fixed-wing single-engine plane registered to Ormond Aircraft Leasing & Management Inc. in Ormond Beach, Florida. It was manufactured in 1988 and was equipped with a Lycoming 0-320 series reciprocating engine.
The Piper J3C-65 Cub, registry number N10510, was also a fixed-wing single-engine airplane registered to Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base, Inc. in Winter Haven, FL. It was manufactured in 1956 and equipped with a reciprocating Continental Motors A-65 engine.
Previous Kreindler Mid-Air Collision Experience
Kreindler has successfully represented victims and their families in numerous mid-air collision cases.
In a previous Kreindler mid-air collision case, the two aircraft collided while landing at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY. The training aircraft (Cessna) was landing and was not seen by the other aircraft (Piper) which was also landing and the Piper crashed into the training aircraft from behind.
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- Mid-air collision: Sen. John Heinz, PA, Piper Aerostar and Bell 412EP, Pennsylvania
- Mid-air collision: Gol Airlines Boeing 737 & Embraer Business Jet, Brazil
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Previous Kreindler Cases Involving Flight Schools
Kreindler has successfully handled several wrongful death cases arising from airplane crashes involving flight school training flights.
Aviation training cases do not raise the same issues of protecting academic freedom, judgment and discretion that compelled courts to devise the absolute bar on lawsuits against traditional schools under the educational malpractice doctrine.
Please read our trade articles written by Kreindler attorneys regarding flight school accidents and liability:
Can Flight Schools be Sued Over Former Student’s Accident, by Kreindler lawyers Justin Green and Steve Pounian.
Do Airline Training Schools Have a Duty of Care? by Kreindler lawyers Steve Pounian and Kevin Mahoney.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the crash. The NTSB’s lead investigator on the scene told media that the collision may have occurred while both aircraft were attempting to land. The NTSB said it expects to release a full preliminary report within a few weeks.
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General Aviation Revitalization Act
The General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) is a federal law that can be used to preclude victims and their families from suing the manufacturer of a small airplane, or component part, if the plane is more than 18 years old. Kreindler has successfully overcome GARA limitations in previous cases.
Photo of Piper J3C-65 Cub airplane via Flickr by H. Michael Miley
Photo of Piper PA-28-161 Cadet airplane via Flickr by Bob Adams