A Minnesota mother whose three sons and ex-husband were killed in a 2010 plane crash in Wyo. is suing the air traffic control company that serves the Jackson Hole Airport, the Star Tribune reports.
Michelle Bucklin is suing Serco Inc., claiming that a negligent air traffic controller is at fault for the crash. Bucklin's ex-husband Luke was piloting the small plane with their three sons on board, when inclement weather caused the plane to lose elevation,
The plane collided with a mountain in the Wind River Range, where the wreck was found a week later. Bucklin's case claims that the air traffic controller allowed Luke Bucklin to fly at too low an altitude for the weather conditions.
The National Transportation Safety Board's report on the cause of the crash states that Luke Bucklin called the Jackson Hole Airport to receive weather conditions on the day of the crash, and that he was warned of possible turbulence and icing.
However, the air traffic controller gave Bucklin an incorrect flight path through the mountain range, one that would have him flying at too low an altitude. The National Transportation Safety Board ultimately concluded that Bucklin's decision to fly the heavily-loaded plane in inclement weather caused the crash, KSTP reports.