Lawsuit filed in Lanai plane crashUPDATED 6:57 AM HST May 06, 2014Video Transcript
February's fiery plane crash that killed three people and injured three others on Lana'i has resulted in a civil lawsuit. KITV4's Andrew Pereira joins us with the latest developments. Andrew? Paula, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the sister of 50- year-old Kathleen Kern, one of three people killed in the crash. The lawsuit claims negligence on the part of 66- year-old pilot Richard Rooney, however at this point there's no evidence Rooney did anything wrong. Kern was one of five county workers onboard the chartered flight with Maui Island Air when it crashed shortly after takeoff at 9:20 p-m on Feb. 26. The Piper-31 twin-engine plane was scheduled to fly to Kahului from Lanai City when something went wrong and it went down in Miki Basin. Attorney Rick Fried says that type of plane has a good safety record, and he believes Rooney is at fault. But again, there's no evidence right now to show that's the case. "THE NTSB'S GOING TO GO INTO LOOKING AT THE ENGINES, CHECKING THE MAINTENANCE RECORDS; ALL I CAN SAY IS THIS PARTICULAR AIRCRAFT FROM EXPERTS I'VE SPOKEN TO IS NOT ONE THAT'S HAD A LOT OF MAJOR PROBLEMS IN THE PAST LIKE SOME OF THE HELICOPTER CASES I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN." Fried plans on interviewing the three survivors of the crash, including Maui County Deputy Corporation Counsel James Giroux. In a statement to police, Giroux said the plane made an extreme bank to the right... hard enough to feel the G-force... shortly after takeoff. We reached out to Maui Island Air today, but did not receive a response. Fried says the company has ceased operations since Rooney was the company's only FAA certified pilot. Paula?