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Sole survivor of plane crash suing pilot, airline

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A passenger who survived a plane crash caused by pilot inexperience, icing conditions and a blizzard at North Spirit Lake, Ont., is suing the airline and the dead pilot.

In a statement of claim filed last week, Brian Shead is suing Keystone Air Service and the estate of pilot Fariborz Abasabady for damages he suffered in the crash on Jan. 10, 2012, that killed Abasabady and three passengers.

Shead says he received numerous injuries in the crash, including facial cuts with permanent scarring and fractures to his left foot.

Shead was able to get out of the plane, which caught fire after slamming into the frozen lake, and pull out the pilot, but wasn’t able to get anyone else out.

He is suing for several items including pain and suffering.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its crash investigation report in November concluding pilot inexperience, icing conditions and a blizzard were some of the factors that caused the twin-engine Piper Navajo Chieftain to crash two kilometres shy of the runway.

No statement of defence has been filed and the allegations have not been proven in court.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:10 AM CST: photo added

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