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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over East Haven Plane Crash

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The sister of a student pilot who died in a small plane crash in East Haven in 2017 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the instructor and flight school responsible.

Marie Matta-Isona accuses the now-defunct American Flight Academy of failing to maintain the plane and the instructor of failing to prevent the crash.

Her brother Pablo Campos-Isona died, but the instructor survived. A federal investigation found the plane’s fuel valve failed, and the instructor made mistakes.

It's the second lawsuit against the American Flight Academy in connection with two fatal plane crashes in a five-month span.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.