Boyd & Jenerette Partner and aviation law expert Ed Booth was quoted in a February 21, 2019 story by News4Jax titled, “NTSB details chilling final moment before deadly plane crash.”
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A father and son from New Jersey who died in a plane crash off the coast of Mayport just before Christmas realized they were in trouble about four minutes before their Piper PA46 plunged into the ocean, according to information in a preliminary federal report.
The National Transportation Safety Board, which issued the report, is the lead agency investigating the crash that killed Peter Renzulli, 51, and his 18-year-old son, Daniel.
The pair were en route to New Jersey from Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Orlando on Dec. 20 when their single-engine plane ran into trouble over the Atlantic Ocean.
“What is chilling to me is they knew they were about to die,” News4Jax aviation expert Ed Booth said. “The pilot knew he was in trouble. He knew the weather was bad. He'd been warned about it specifically by the air controller.”
The wreckage off the jetties in Mayport was found using side scan sonar technology and was pulled from the ocean Feb. 6. The NTSB still has the plane for further investigation.
It could be a year before the agency releases a final report.
An aviation attorney representing the Renzulli family said his clients had no comment on the preliminary report because it remains an ongoing investigation.
About Ed Booth
Partner and Florida aviation law expert Ed Booth handles complex civil litigation matters involving aviation, products liability, trucking and transportation, construction, premises liability, and asbestos. He was the first attorney in Florida to be Board Certified in Aviation Law by The Florida Bar, a designation he has held since 1996. He currently serves as a member of The Florida Bar’s Aviation Law Committee.
Ed is an experienced pilot and aircraft owner with firsthand knowledge of aircraft operations, issues and regulations. He holds a multi-engine Air Transport License and has more than 3,600 hours of flight experience.