The Facts about Sarah Thompson’s Aviation Accident and Settlement Process
Sarah Thompson faced a tragic loss when her husband, a welder, was involved in a fatal flying lesson at Marsden Airfield near Mt Isa in QLD. Despite the hot and windy conditions, the instructor proceeded with the lesson, resulting in the aircraft losing control and crashing. Both occupants were fatally injured. Sarah engaged Peter Carter to pursue a dependency claim against the flying school for the financial loss suffered by herself and her two sons. The insurer initially alleged the accident was a result of an obvious risk in a ‘dangerous recreational activity’. However, the claim was successfully negotiated, resulting in a $900,000 settlement plus standard costs.