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Briefing February 2012 Issue

Briefing: February 2012

Court Orders U.S. To Pay Pilot’s Family

A District Court judge ordered the United States to pay $4.4 million to the family of a pilot killed in a 2005 plane crash after finding that a controller (currently serving as a front-line manager) “breached his duty of care.” The court resolved that the controller “failed to provide sufficient, accurate weather information to allow [the pilot] to make informed decisions.” The real-world details involved the pilot asking how his heading looked and the controller replying, “I cannot suggest any headings because my weather radar only picks up precipitation and is not as accurate as what you see out your window.” The controller became involved with another aircraft while the pilot was on a deviation and by the time the pilot started asking for help, it was too late.

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