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Plane Crash: Pilot's Wife Sues Five Aviation Companies

The wife of the pilot who died in a 2015 plane crash that killed six other people, has filed a lawsuit against five companies allegedly involved in the maintenance, testing or repair of the aircraft, reports AviationPros.

Ami Hileman, widow of Tom Hileman, filed the lawsuit seeking unspecified damages in Cook County Circuit Court Illinois, USA on Thursday, just a day to the second anniversary of the fatal crash.

The Cessna aircraft had on April 7, 2015 crashed near Central Illinois Regional Airport killing the pilot and all seven men who were returning from the NCAA men's basketball championship game in Indianapolis.

Named in the 22-count lawsuit are Synergy Flight Center, G&N Aircraft, Continental Motors Inc., RAM Aircraft and Aircraft Propeller Service who were accused of negligence and breach of warranties.

According to the lawsuit, a failure of the plane's left engine and turbo charger caused the crash in a field near the Bloomington airport.

The pilot's inability to "feather" the left engine propeller of the Cessna was a contributing factor in the crash, claims the lawsuit.

AviationPro reports that Synergy Flight Center had no comment when contacted about the lawsuit on Monday neither did the four other firms immediately respond to a request for comment.

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