A wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of the two minor children of a San Diego resident killed in a plane crash last summer in Santa Barbara County, the family’s lawyer said Thursday.
Birger Greg Bacino died last August in a remote area of Los Padres National Forest, according to the suit filed in San Diego Superior Court on Wednesday.
The suit names the aircraft’s owner, Poddoubnvi Alexandrovich, Carlsbad- based flying club Pacific Coast Flyers Inc. — which rented out the plane — and the estate of deceased pilot David K. Martz.
Martz, a longtime commercial pilot, had a history of suspension and revocation of his pilot’s license, according to plaintiffs’ attorney David S. Casey Jr.
Bacino, 56, was the only passenger in the single-engine Cessna 182F flown by San Diego-based Martz, which took off from San Luis Obispo Regional Airport and was headed for McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.
Bacino, a healthcare executive, was headed home to San Diego following a business trip.
“The pilot radioed a mayday call to an air traffic controller at Point Magu Naval Air Station stating there was oil on the windscreen of the aircraft and smoke in the cockpit,” Casey said. “Shortly thereafter, all radio and radar contact was lost. The aircraft was discovered the following day … both the passenger and pilot were killed.”
–City News Service
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