In a follow up to the tragic Comair 5191 crash previously discussed, a settlement has been reported concerning one couple that died in the crash according to officials. The estates of Jessie Clark Benton and his wife Bobbie Benton, reached a confidential settlement with Comair, a Delta Air Lines subsidiary, recently after the decedents were instantly killed due to pilot error and negligence. The settlement is said to be the third one reached in the deadly air plane crash with the airline thus far.
The settlement is the third one between victims of the fatal crash and Comair, a regional carrier based in Erlanger. Comair reached settlements with the estates of Priscilla Johnson and Mary Jane Silas on April 16th.
The flight crashed on August 27th in the pre-dawn darkness shortly after takeoff from the wrong runway that was too short at Blue Grass Airport.
Comair has admitted to federal investigators that its pilots were partly responsible, but also said better systems for alerting airlines to taxiway changes might have prevented the crash. Blue Grass Airport, aircraft manufacturer Bombardier and the air traffic controllers’ union have put most of the blame on the pilot and co-pilot. The co-pilot, James Polehinke, was the only survivor of the crash.
Twenty-nine lawsuits on behalf of 38 passengers were filed against Comair.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC,, Brandon Smith has devoted his practice to pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, products liability and serious personal injury. A frequent guest speaker at legal seminars all over the country—Brandon is focused on helping injured victims nationwide, however possible. Named a SuperLawyer again in 2019, he has also been called out as one of 10 Best Attorneys For Georgia by the American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys and a Top 100 Lawyer in Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers in 2019.