Krinitt v. Dept of Fish and GameAnnotate this Case
This lawsuit arose out of a fatal helicopter crash that occurred on August 31, 2010, in Kamiah, Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game had contracted with Leading Edge Aviation, LLC, to fly two Department employees from Clarkston, Washington, to the Selway River in Idaho in order to collect data on salmon spawning. The pilot of the helicopter was Perry J. Krinitt, Jr., the son of the Plaintiff. The two Department employees were Larry Barrett and Danielle Schiff. Plaintiff filed this wrongful death action contending that the accident was caused by the negligence of the Department or its employees. Defendants moved for summary judgment, and, after briefing and argument, the district court granted the motion. Plaintiff then appealed. Because there were genuine issues of material fact regarding the liability of the Defendants, the Supreme Court vacated the judgment and reversed the order granting the motion for summary judgment.