Federal Judge Awards $17.8M California Aviation Accident Award to Family by Killed by Military Jet

December 31, 1969

Three years after a US Marine Corps jet crashed into a San Diego home and killed four people from the same family, their loved ones have been awarded a $17.8 million California airplane crash award for their wrongful death. The relatives had initially sought $56 million from the US government.

The tragic California aviation accident happened on December 8, 2008, when an F/A-18 Hornet crashed into a home on its way to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. That structure and the unoccupied home next to it were destroyed. Killed in the airplane collision were Don Yoon's 15-month-old daughter Grace, his nearly 2-month-old infant Rachel, his wife Young Mi Moon, and her mom Suk Im Kim.

The pilot had tried to guide the plane away from the family's home but to no avail. He was, however, able to safely eject himself from the jet.

Following the Southern California plane crash, the Marine Corps fired four officers and disciplined nine Marines after a probe finding that poor decisions by the pilot and ground controllers, as well as deferred maintenance, contributed to the accident.

The jet was flown 146 times even after mechanics noticed there were problems with the right engine that forced the plane to depend on the left engine during emergencies. Maintenance rules don't mandate that this issue has to be fixed right away, but eventually, the lack of repair played a role in causing the plane crash. Also, according to the investigation, squadron officers used "inaccurate" information and assumptions that were wrong when directing the plane to the Miramar base.

"Plane crashes often are detrimental to those in the aircraft and/or on the ground." Said Howard Law, PC Partner and Anaheim personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard. "There may be a way to obtain compensation from all liable parties but you won't know how to go about this unless you explore your legal options."

Common causes of aviation accidents:
• Poor weather
• Faulty maintenance
• Air controller mistakes
• Parts defects
• Pilot mistakes
• Mechanical failure
• Engine malfunction
• Electrical problems
• Gas leak
• Fuel starvation
• Mid-air crashes

"You want to work with an Orange County, California aviation accident law firm that understands the nature of plane crashes and knows how to prove that negligence caused your personal injury or a loved one's wrongful death," said Anaheim plane crash lawyer Vincent Howard.

Obtaining Orange County, California wrongful death recovery won't bring your loved one back but it can allow you to hold the other party accountable in civil court.


Judge awards $17.8 million to family of military jet crash victims, CNN, December 28, 2011

Gov't to pay $17.8m for military jet crash, ABC News/AP, December 28, 2011


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Anaheim wrongful death attorney Vincent Howard represents clients throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County, California. Your first consultation with Howard Law, PC is free.