Keystone Air crash survivor sues dead pilot’s estate, airline

The lone survivor of a plane crash in northwest Ontario is suing the airline and the estate of the pilot who died in the crash.

Lone survivor of deadly northwest Ontario crash, Brian Shead, launches lawsuit

Brian Shead, the lone survivor of a crash in northwestern Ontario, is suing Keystone Air Services and the estate of the pilot who died in the crash. (Submitted by Tracy Shead)

The lone survivor of a plane crash in northwest Ontario is suing the airline and the estate of the pilot who died in the crash.

The Keystone Air Service flight crashed near North Spirit Lake in January 2012, killing four people.
The Transportation Safety Board released this photo of the plane crash that killed four people. Winnipegger Brian Shead was the only survivor. (Transportation Safety Board)

Winnipegger Brian Shead, 36, was the lone survivor of the crash.

The plane, an eight-seat Piper PA-31 Navajo, was on its landing approach when it slammed into a frozen lake and caught fire. The plane had been traveling from Winnipeg to North Spirit Lake in northwest Ontario.

Shead was able to crawl out of the plane where the tail had broken off.

In November 2013, the Transportation Safety Board released its report on the crash, saying pilot inexperience and bad weather were to blame for fatal plane crash.

The report said the pilot, 41-year-old Fariborz Abasabady, had little experience flying in winter or remote conditions.

Now, Shead has launched a lawsuit against the airline and Abasabady’s estate, claiming pain and suffering as well as loss of income.

Prior to the crash, Shead was an accountant.

Shead’s suit says he has permanent facial scars, a screw in his left ankle, dental implants and had multiple blood clots after his surgery.

A statement of defence has not yet been filed.

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