SAN DIEGO, Calif. – CaseyGerry recently helped achieve $9.5 million in awards for victims of the Reno Air catastrophe, which stemmed from the crash of a World War 11-era P-51D Mustang fighter plane – known as “The Galloping Ghost” – during the tragic 2011 air races at Reno/Stead Airport in Nevada.
According to firm partner David S. Casey, Jr., the highly modified and experimental airplane spiraled out of control and plunged nose-first into a crowd of hundreds of spectators, killing 11 and injuring more than 50.
“This accident was a disaster waiting to happen on many levels,” said Casey, who worked on the case with Scott Cummins, of counsel to CaseyGerry and an expert in aviation disasters. “These are fast, loud and dangerous races, and event organizers allowed spectators in an area where they were in grave danger of being hit by an aircraft or aircraft parts,” he said. “This experimental and untested plane should never have been allowed to participate in this race.”
Because of the modifications, it reached higher speeds than it was designed for and had greater instability. Additionally, the 74-year-old pilot was carelessly flying an untested and experimental 1944 aircraft which had been dangerously modified to reach unnaturally high speeds.”
The fateful flight was captured on photos and video by hundreds of spectators, and investigators found a piece that apparently fell off the tail of as it went out of control.
San Diego’s oldest plaintiff’s law firm, CaseyGerry was founded in 1947, and since then has worked to help recover hundreds of millions of dollars for families and individuals who have suffered serious injury or lost loved ones. The firm’s 13 attorneys practice in numerous areas, including asbestos, serious personal injury, product liability and pharmaceutical litigation.
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