The widow of the passenger killed in a Hawthorne plane crash in 2016 is suing the estate of the pilot, who also perished in the crash.
Colleen Lombardo’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges wrongful death/negligence and names as the lone defendant the estate of Aron Saul Rappoport.
A representative for the Rappoport estate could not be immediately reached.
Authorities said the Grumman American AA-1B containing flight instructor Rappoport, 90, and the plaintiff’s husband, Louis Lombardo Jr., crashed into a two-story townhouse less than a mile southwest of Hawthorne Municipal Airport on June 10, 2016. No one on the ground was injured.
Louis Lombardo “endured extreme suffering and mental and physical anguish, pain and personal injury … including pre-crash fright … as a direct and proximate result of defendant’s negligence,” the suit alleges.
A witness estimated the plane’s altitude at the end of the runway to be a maximum of between 400 and 500 feet, the suit states.
“As the airplane continued west, he saw it disappear below trees and buildings and subsequently observed black smoke in the vicinity of its last observed position,” according to the lawsuit.
The plane initially hit a palm tree, then hit the building and was “consumed by a post-crash fire,” the suit states.
The tail assembly was suspended from the second-floor balcony, the suit states.
—City News Service