Burbank company to pay for jet deaths

A Burbank-based charter jet company was ordered to pay $10.2 million

to the families of three people killed in a 2001 plane crash in Aspen, Colo., according to news reports.

A Los Angeles civil jury awarded $8.5 million to the parents of

22-year-old woman and $1.7 million to the grandmother of two


brothers, all of whom were killed in the crash. The findings also

allow the plaintiffs to seek punitive damages against Avjet Corp.

The Gulfstream III twin turbojet plane departed from

Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport on March 29, 2001, and picked up additional passengers at Los Angeles International Airport before


departing for Aspen. Everyone on board the plane, 15 passengers and

three crew members, was killed when the plane slammed into a bluff

during its approach to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

Ben Godar