Monday , March 25th 2019
Practice Areas


Family members of the pilot killed in the Dec. 19 crash of a Chalk's Ocean Airways seaplane filed a $100 million lawsuit against the historic airline.     

The suit, filed in Miami-Dade County last week, is the second against the Broward-based airline since it plunged off South Beach, killing all 20onboard, including pilot Michele Marks of Boynton Beach.     

The suit, filed by Marks' father on behalf of her estate, cities a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report that speculates a fatigue crack on the 58-year-old seaplane caused the crash.     

The lawsuit argues the plane was too old to be flying and the company was at fault for not keeping up the maintenance or retiring the plane.     

Roger Nair, Chalk's general manager, could not be reached for comment Friday, despite messages left at his office and cell phone.     

Earlier this month, relatives of a mother and infant daughter killed in the crash filed a similar lawsuit in Miami-Dade County, asking a judge to make sure all the victims' families get their share of the company's insurance money.     

Twelve of those on board lived in Bimini, Bahamas, and were returning after holiday shopping. Marks' co-pilot, Paul Desanctis, of Pennsylvania, was also killed.    

Mark Marks, her husband, said he had not heard about the family's lawsuit. Although he has hired an attorney, Marks said he was still too distraught to think about a lawsuit.     

"My wife was killed four weeks ago," he said, from his Boynton Beach home. "I am still in a different place right now. I am still waiting to see what the NTSB says, and so far nothing says my wife caused that crash."    

 In addition to the airline, the lawsuit names Chalk's owner James Confalone and an aircraft parts supplier based in Largo.
<< back

The above is not legal advice. That can only come from a qualified attorney who is familiar with all the facts and circumstances of a particular, specific case and the relevant law. See Terms of Use.

Contact Us

For questions about personal injury laws, fill out the form below or contact us by phone.

Law Offices of
Fuentes & Berrio.LLP

709 E. Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

(877) 354-LAWS
Toll Free
(954) 752-1110
Broward County
(305) 931-2002
Miami Dade
(561) 279-2424
Palm Beach
(352) 387-1000
Martin County
(954) 794-1212
If you would like to contact us or have us review your case, please fill out the form below.

Home | About us | contact us | newsletter | ESPAÑOL

Copyright © 2008 Fuentes & Berrio, L.L.P., All rights reserved | Developed by LawyerEdge