Plane crash survivor settles suit

Posted on Dec 01 2011

Another survivor of the 2006 plane crash in Upper Dandan, Saipan, has settled her lawsuit with Tinian Dynasty Hotel Inc. and other co-defendants.

Yoko Kamiyama, through counsel Bruce Berline, and the defendants, through counsel G. Anthony Long, informed the U.S. District Court for the NMI Tuesday that they’ve agreed to have the case dismissed with prejudice.

Attorney William M. Fitzgerald, counsel for another survivor, Patrick James Timmerman, also agreed to the settlement and dismissal of their separate lawsuit.

The amount and settlement conditions were not disclosed in court papers.

The court will retain jurisdiction of the case to enforce the settlement.

Kamiyama, a Japanese national, was among the seven passengers of a Piper Cherokee aircraft that crashed on a farm in Upper Dandan en route to Tinian on Aug. 11, 2006.

Kamiyama sustained serious injuries. She sued for negligence and other claims against the pilot, Brent J. Hinkemeyer, Taga Air Charter Services Inc., Tinian Dynasty Hotel Inc., and Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Ltd. She demanded over $100,000 in damages, court costs, and attorney’s fees.

Timmerman sustained severe and permanent injuries. He is a licensed pilot who was then employed with Tinian Dynasty. When the crash happened, he was seated next to the pilot.

Timmerman sued the same defendants except Hinkemeyer, for alleged negligence. His family also joined the lawsuit as co-plaintiffs.

Tinian Dynasty had already settled the lawsuits filed by two other passengers, Tomoyuki Nagata and Dr. Jun Takimoto.

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