2013 lawsuits against Thomson-McDuffie Co. dismissed
By Linda Green

Portions of lawsuits filed against Thomson-McDuffie County following the 2013 plane crash have been “dismissed with prejudice” after the city and county entered into a confidential settlement.
State Court of Fulton County Judge Jay Roth entered orders Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 dismissing The City of Thomson and McDuffie County, owners of the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport, individual representatives and parties working on behalf of the city-county with prejudice following a Dec. 19, 2016, confidential settling of negligence suits filed by families of the five people who perished in the Feb. 20, 2013, plane crash.
A Beechcraft 390 Premier 1 jet crashed in the woods shortly after 8 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2013, after an aborted landing at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport and struck a concrete utility pole. A Vein Guys doctor and four staff members were killed. The two pilots survived.
The families of the crash victims filed multiple lawsuits against the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport; Georgia Power, owners of the utility pole that the plane hit; Milliken & Company, the business located at the end of the runway for the easement that granted the utility pole’s placement; Spirit Aviation, which operates the airport; and “The Sky’s The Limit” shuttle service, the company that employed the pilots of the downed plane.
According to court documents filed Jan. 27 and Jan. 30, the judge’s dismissal of claims against the city and county do not affect the suits against Georgia Power, Milliken & Company and Sky’s the Limit, Inc., known as the Executive Shuttle & Company.
“Those claims remain pending for further disposition and adjudication,” the judge said.
“While the lawsuit is still pending as to other defendants, the cases are resolved as to the City and the County. The City/County’s insurance company and lawyers provided an able defense and resolved the matters with no additional exposure to the City and County,” said Thomson City Administrator Don Powers.
“This has been a long process, and it has been tough on everyone,” said County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton. “We are glad that it is over and done."
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Feb. 16, 2017 issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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