Berkowitz and Hanna LLC has learned that the parents of Abraham Pishevar, an 18-year old Case Western Reserve University student who died recently along with three classmates in a plane crash, have filed a Petition for Discovery in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, a prelude to a possible personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

The grieving family from Maryland suspects that the flight may have been part of a fraternity rush gone wrong and are trying to gather all the facts before going ahead with a civil suit for personal injury or wrongful death against CWRU’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and the T&G Flight Club that rented out the 1999 single-engine Cessna 172R to the young men.

In a fatal event such as this, when there are many unanswered questions, it is an astute move to gather information first before assigning blame to any given party.  A preliminary report on the crash has been posted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

On August 25th, at 9:59 pm, the small plane crashed to the ground in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, following the pilot’s (William Felten) loss of control due to alleged engine trouble shortly after takeoff from the Cuyahoga County Airport.  University students Abraham Pishevar (18) of Rockville, Maryland, John Hill (18) of St. Simons, Georgia, Lucas Marcelli (20) of Massillon, Ohio  and William Felten (20) of Saginaw, Michigan, were trapped in the plane when it crashed and burst into flames.  Three of the four students were varsity members in the University’s wrestling team and two were also active fraternity members.  CWRU’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has denied having any connection to the plane ride.  A full investigation into the cause of the crash is currently underway.