Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against ICON Aircraft
Trial Lawyers Danko/ Meredith along with co-counsels Nelson & Fraenkel, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against ICON Aircraft on behalf of Cagri Sever’s wife and two children. Sever had joined ICON shortly before the deadly crash. In what could be described as a special case, counsel recognizes that the general rule is that a family cannot sue an employer for a loved one’s work-related death, but instead argues that…:
“[sic] the ICON A5 is a seaplane and it crashed along the shores of Lake Berryessa, which is considered “navigable waters.” Thus, the federal laws of admiralty apply. Those laws, which would hold ICON accountable for the actions of its chief pilot, trump state workers compensation law.”
§ Note: Admiralty law or maritime law is a body of law that governs nautical issues and private maritime disputes. Admiralty law comprises both domestic law on maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private parties operating or using ocean-going ships.
Further statements in case 18CV00584-HSG:
“Karkow flew to Lake Berryessa, a virtual stone’s throw from the ICON factory. Once there, Karkow couldn’t resist the urge to engage is some low level maneuvering over the water. Minutes after takeoff, Karkow crashed onto the shore, leaving both of them dead.”
“Critics of the A5 — which some refer to as “a jet-ski with wings” questioned from the outset whether it was such a good idea. The A5 is all about the fun and excitement of flying close to the water. But low level maneuvering is dangerous business and, as any fighter pilot will tell you, it’s even more so when conducted over water. Does it really make sense to market a machine built for this purpose to the general public?”
Seaplanemagazine.com will be following the suit on file with the Northern District Court of California and will provide significant updates when they become available.