Sunday, May 03, 2009

Two Flight 3407 Attorneys Die in Plane Crash

Fatal plane crash provokes concern of Cuyahoga County Airport neighbors
County airport's neighbors worry about expansion, resulting traffic
Amanda Garrett
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Some people who live near the Cuyahoga County Airport knew what happened as soon as the ground shook.

A plane had crashed.

Their first thought: I hope it didn't hit somebody's house. ...

Just after takeoff, their Cirrus SR22 went down and exploded in woods just east of SOM Center Road in Mayfield about 4:15 p.m.

Some neighbors called the pilot a hero, believing he must have steered the plane away from a subdivision and to the edge of Cleveland Metroparks' North Chagrin Reservation. ...

Searching for Cause of Ohio Crash
Two Buffalo attorneys died in planecrash
Michele McClintick

30 Apr 2009

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two Buffalo attorneys who were fighting for justice for one of the Flight 3407 families, lost their own lives in a plane crash near Cleveland.

Michael Doran and Matthew Schnirel died when their Buffalo-bound plane went down Tuesday.

Could fatalities have been avoided?

That's what the National Transportation Safety Board is trying to figure out as it continues to search for the cause of the plane crash in Ohio that killed Buffalo attorneys Michael Doran and Matthew Schnirel.

Michael Doran was piloting the aircraft when the plane went down.

There are reports that the Cirrus SR-22 has a built in parachute. The pilot reaches overhead in the cockpit and pulls a red handle. That deploys a fuel rocket that pulls the parachute from the back of the plane.

The NTSB will look into whether that was tried or even possible in the crash.

Daniel Rose said, "It certainly leads me to believe that something went wrong with the aircraft that needs to be considered."

Daniel Rose from Kreindler and Kreindler law firm worked with Michael Doran and Matthew Schnirel. Together they represent the family of one of the victims from Flight 3407.

The small law firm of Doran and Murphy is taking the news very hard. Chris Murphy says Mike was not only his partner, but a close friend for over 15 years.

Murphy said, "Flying, practicing law, boating and skiing; and he was very committed to doing all those things."

26-year-old Matthew Schnirel started there as a law clerk three years ago and was building a great reputation.

Murphy said, "He recently passed the bar and just purchased a home. But right from the get go I just knew he was a special person."

Emergency crews in the Cleveland suburbs where the crash took place say that the pilot may have deliberately avoided casulties on the ground, landing between homes in a heavily wooded area.