Sunday 20 April 2014

Man trapped under pilot's dead body in plane crash settles €1.7m action

A MAN who sued for at least €1.7m over a plane crash in which he was trapped under the body of a dead pilot for two hours has settled his High Court action.

Businessman Kevin Barry Jnr, who suffered extensive fractures and a brain injury, told the court that rescuers did not even notice he was in the cockpit until he called out.

The court heard Mr Barry Jnr, of Clifden, Galway, was among a group of businessmen who arranged to take a demonstration flight in a Cessna single engine plane and were returning from lunch on the Aran Islands when the crash occurred on July 5, 2007, as the plane was approaching to land at Connemara airstrip. The plane struck a small outcrop , bounced 100ft in to the air, cart-wheeled and crashed.

The pilot, Matt Masterson (59) from Terenure, Dublin and accountant Paul McNamee (57) from Loughrea, Co Galway died in the accident.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told the case had been settled on undisclosed terms following four days at hearing. The settlement was against the legal representative of the pilot, Lancton Taverns Ltd, SCD House, Waterloo Road, Dublin, and its director David Courtney.

Mr Barry Jnr, sought general damages for pain and suffering as well as €1.7m for past and future loss of earnings over several businesses and investments along with expenses.

Irish Independent

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