Husband of ValuJet crash victim sues airline Company that maintained planes also targeted

December 07, 1996|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The husband of a Baltimore woman who was killed when ValuJet Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades in May has filed suit against the airline and its maintenance company in U.S. District Court, asking for unspecified damages.

In a suit filed Wednesday, Gary Stroud accused ValuJet and Sabretech Inc., a contractor that maintained ValuJet's planes, of wrongful death and negligence in the May 11 crash, which killed all 104 passengers and five crew members aboard.

Stroud, 35, married Brown in October 1995. He was appointed administrator of her estate by the Orphan's Court of Baltimore on Monday.

Brown, 39, boarded the plane to begin her return to Baltimore after a vacation in Miami.

The graduate of Eastern High School, who was a social worker, had a 21-year-old son, Michael Guye.

The lawsuit alleges that ValuJet was negligent in transporting and storing on the flight oxygen canisters "which it knew or should have known were inherently dangerous, hazardous and explosive cargo that posed a threat to the safety and welfare of the passengers on Flight 592."

Federal investigators suspect that oxygen generators stored in a cargo hold caused a fire that led to the crash.

The suit also alleges that ValuJet did not take enough care in supervising the inspection and maintenance of its aircraft or in training its personnel to properly maintain and fly the plane. Sabretech, based in Miami, is accused of failing to properly maintain the plane.

Stroud asks for damages resulting from the mental anguish and emotional distress caused by his wife's death, and for compensation for the loss of his wife's potential future earnings.

Pub Date: 12/07/96

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