Boyd & Jenerette Partner and aviation law expert Ed Booth was quoted in a February 25, 2019 story by News4Jax titled, “Company involved in deadly plane crash flies Jaguars players.”
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Aviation attorney, pilot and News4Jax aviation expert Ed Booth reviewed the plane’s history, calling the aircraft “very old and tired.” He noted more than 20 years of “rugged service” in China and South America.
He said the flight plan showed “extremely aggressive use of an old airframe.”
Atlas Air issued a statement after the crash:
“Atlas’ primary focus is working to provide the families of those affected with care and support. The company has established a Family Assistance Center staffed with specialists to support the families. Atlas Air Chief Executive Officer Bill Flynn is on site with a team from the airline.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected,” said Bill Flynn, Atlas Air Chief Executive Officer. “This is a sad time for all of us. Our team continues to work closely with the NTSB, the FAA and local authorities on the ground in Houston. We would like to commend the efforts of all of the first responders. We sincerely appreciate their efforts and support in the investigation.”
Of the three people killed, only one person has been identified.
Capt. Sean Archuleta had been a pilot for Mesa Airlines since 2013, officials said. He was riding in the jump seat of the aircraft to travel to Houston to fly another aircraft, according to Mesa Airlines.
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.