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.