Family of man killed in 1998 plane crash wins settlement

March 29, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A federal jury in Baltimore has awarded $2.45 million to the family of an Eastern Shore man killed in 1994 when the airplane he was riding in crashed in icy weather in Pottstown, Pa.

The family of John Powell, who was 39 when the crash occurred, was awarded the settlement Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation showed the pilot of the Piper Aerostar, Frederick G. Erb, didn't de-ice the plane before taking off from Pottstown Limerick Airport.

Erb was also killed in the crash. Powell's widow sued Erb's estate, claiming negligence. Erb and Powell were both employees of K&L Microwave Inc. of Salisbury and were returning to Maryland at the time of the crash.

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