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Shipman Lawyers Representing Survivors and Families of those Killed in WWII B-17 Bomber Crash

June 23, 2020

A wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit has been filed against the owners and operators of a World War II-era airplane that crashed at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut last year, killing seven people. The lawsuit, filed by survivors of the crash and the families of passengers who were killed, seeks unspecified monetary damages from the Collings Foundation, which ran charter flights on the historic B-17 bomber.  The aircraft crashed with 13 people aboard on October 3, 2019, after encountering mechanical trouble on takeoff from the airport.  Five passengers who had each paid $450 to fly aboard the aircraft, as well as the pilot and co-pilot, were killed while the others were left with serious burns.

Lawyers from Shipman & Goodwin, including William Ronalter, Mark Ostrowski and James Bergenn, are representing eight of the ten passengers.

The 208-page court complaint includes 73 counts and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees and legal costs, plus injunctive relief against further disposition of assets by the foundation.

The crash and resulting complaint were widely reported in both national and local press, including some of the following: Hartford Courant, Stamford Advocate, Associated Press, Washington Post, NPRThe Connecticut Law Tribune, and a wide variety of local print and tv media outlets.

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