Written by 10:07 pm Science & Technology Views: [tptn_views]

Google co-founder Sergey Brin sued over a plane crash that killed two pilots last 12 months

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the widow of one in every of two pilots who died in a plane crash off the coast of California in May 2023. It blames a poorly installed modification for the crash and claims his representatives intentionally slowed recovery efforts to destroy evidence, as previously reported by Bloomberg and Fortune.

An updated grievance filed on February thirteenth within the Santa Clara County Superior Court of California says Lance Maclean and co-pilot Dean Rushfedlt were contracted to bring Brin’s seaplane from California to Fiji for island-hopping with friends. Ferrying the $8 million, twin-engine Viking Air Twin Otter Series 400 that far required an auxiliary fuel system, which the grievance alleges a mechanic did “from memory” without consulting a checklist or logging it with the FAA.

While flying on the primary leg of the flight to Hawaii, the fuel system failed, and the plane crashed into the ocean while attempting to return to California. The Coast Guard arrived inside quarter-hour but was unable to retrieve either of the pilots from the upside-down and partially submerged aircraft.

Aside from Brin, the lawsuit names Google and Brin’s family investment firm Bayshore Management, as co-owners of the plane, together with those liable for organising the flight and the plane’s maintenance.

Following their deaths, the suit says Brin had said he would help with recovery. But then, Brin’s representatives allegedly told Maclean’s widow, Maria Magdalena Olarte, that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was stopping them from recovering the bodies — a claim the NOAA denied, based on the grievance.

Olarte is in search of damages for five complaints, including wrongful death and survival negligence, and is demanding a jury trial.

[mailpoet_form id="1"]