Hall of Fame Aerobatic Pilot Eddie Andreini crashed on the runway while preforming at the Travis Air Force Base. He survived the impact, but it took the Air Force rescue crews more than four minutes to reach him. Andreini died in the post-crash fire.
When they couldn’t get answers from Travis brass, Eddie’s family sued the United States Air Force. At first, the Air Force denied any liability. It claimed its response to Eddie’s accident was “by the book;” that the trucks arrived on scene within the time set by all Air Force standards; and that the Air Force response to Eddie’s mishap was otherwise in all respects “exemplary.”
We proved otherwise. Our lawsuit forced the Air Force to change its safety practices so that no other air show pilot need die in an otherwise survivable accident at an Air Force base.
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