www.landings.com/_landings/pacflyer/may20-1998/x70-Jeppesen-Lawsuit.html Jeppesen Lawsuit The families of eight people who died with U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in the crash of an Air Force transport in Croatia are suing Jeppesen Sanderson for $170 million, claiming it published an inaccurate chart that caused the crash. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver against Jeppesen & Co. GMBH, the German-owned subsidiary of Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc. of Englewood, Colo. In response to an earlier lawsuit over the crash, Jeppesen Sanderson officials said the chart was produced in accordance with instructions from the Croatian government. The crash occurred on April 3, 1996 near Cilipi Airport in Dubrovnik, Croatia. All 35 people aboard the USAF Boeing 737 were killed when it struck a hillside during landing in bad weather. According to the suit, Jeppesen's chart changed the approach procedures set by the Republic of Croatia for Cilipi Airport. More specifically, the lawsuit claims the Jeppesen chart contained a minimum descent altitude that was too low and a nondirectional beacon approach procedure that couldn't be conducted safely because of nearby mountains. The suit also claims the chart didn't inform pilots that only aircraft with two radios could safely execute the approach, it didn't list the beacon radio stations to be used for the approach and it failed to warn pilots of dangers of the approach procedures. Jeppesen denies the allegations.
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