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Father of victim in plane crash files second suit

Seeks damages for daughter's child, siblings

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Brian Shead, with his wife Tracey in 2012, was the first to launch a lawsuit after the January 2012 plane crash. He was the only survivor.

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Brian Shead, with his wife Tracey in 2012, was the first to launch a lawsuit after the January 2012 plane crash. He was the only survivor.

The father of one of the victims of a plane crash that killed four people, including the pilot, is suing Keystone Air Service and the pilot's estate for damages on behalf of her family.

In a statement of claim filed last week, Garry Robson, the father of 39-year-old Colette Lynn Eisinger, who died on Jan. 10, 2012, when the Keystone plane slammed into frozen North Spirit Lake, Ont., is suing not only for himself, but on behalf of the woman's child, as well as other family members including her six siblings.

The lawsuit seeks general damages for the "loss of guidance, care and companionship" of Eisinger, special damages for the cost of the woman's funeral and punitive damages.

The court action said Eisinger died when she suffered extensive traumatic and fire-related injuries in the crash including skull and facial fractures and multiple broken ribs.

The lawsuit comes a week after one launched by Brian Shead, the lone survivor of the ill-fated flight.

Shead, who needed surgery for injuries to his ankle and foot, tried to pull the others out of the burning plane, but was only successful in removing the pilot before flames consumed the wreckage.

Eisinger, pilot Fariborz Abasabady, 41, North Spirit Lake First Nation employee Martha Campbell, 38, and Aboriginal Strategies president Ben Van Hoek, 62, died in the crash.

Last year, a Transportation Safety Board of Canada crash investigation concluded 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 at the northern Ontario community.

The TSB said the flight left Winnipeg at 7:51 a.m., bound for Deer Lake, Ont., with a stop at North Spirit Lake and was routine until Abasabady discovered as he was getting ready to land an airport worker was still clearing snow off the runway from an overnight blizzard.

The TSB's Peter Hildebrand said the pilot made the fateful decision to wait in icing conditions for the runway to become clear, instead of getting out of the conditions or flying to another destination.

Hildebrand said the icing was so bad that investigators still found ice on part of the wing after the fire.

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

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 21, 2014 B2

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