Mother plans to sue over daughter's injuries in Cumberland County training flight crash
The mother of one of the four victims of a Cumberland County airplane crash is planning a lawsuit. Jerolyn Northcutt says as her daughter recovers at Duke Medical Center, the bills are piling up and no one is stepping up to help.Posted — Updated
Northcutt says her daughter, Dominique Northcutt, sustained a severe brain injury and other injuries during a plane crash Feb. 17. Dominique was participating in an aviation training progra, at Gray's Creek Airport sponsored by Cape Fear Aviation and Cumberland County.
She was in the aircraft with Vanessa Leal and Justin Elliott. Leal says Elliott, who is not a licensed pilot, was attempting to take off when the plane crashed.
"The pilot who had his license said to the other one, let him take over, and it was too late by then," Leal said from her hospital bed.
"Why would you allow a student – who doesn't know anything about flying – why would you let him fly the plane?" Jerolyn Northcutt wondered.
As the weeks have passed and she has not heard from Cape Fear Aviation or the county about help with her daughter's medical expenses, Northcutt's frustration has grown. That's why she hired attorney Allen Rogers to file a lawsuit on her daughter's behalf.
The pilot who should have been in control of the plane, Jake Parsons, was released from Duke University Hospital on Wednesday.
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