• Dad of student who died in plane crash sues Piper Aircraft

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    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The father of a student pilot who died when his plane crashed during his commercial pilot lesson in Florida is suing Piper Aircraft.

    Twenty-five-year-old Navy veteran Zack Capra and Federal Aviation Administration pilot examiner John S. Azma were killed April 4, 2018, when the left wing came off the Piper PA-28 they were flying west of Daytona Beach International Airport.

    The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Capra was a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which has since stopped flying Piper PA-28s.

    Capra's father, John Charles Capra, said in the wrongful death lawsuit that the "horror and fear of impending death for pilots of an in-flight breakup of their aircraft cannot be overstated." He called it a "pilot's worst nightmare come true."

    Piper did not respond to questions about the lawsuit.

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    Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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