Residents Evicted By Plane Crash Sue Piper, Pilot's Estate

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Some of the 130 residents who have been forced to move out of their apartment building in British Columbia after a Piper Seneca crashed into the ninth floor earlier this month have launched a class-action lawsuit, CTV Canada reported on Tuesday. The 82-year-old pilot was killed in the crash, and no cause has yet been determined. There was no substantial post-crash fire but extensive damage to the building was caused by water as firefighters hosed down the smoking wreckage. The pilot, his estate and Piper Aircraft are all named in the lawsuit as defendants, CTV said. The residents expect it will take two to six months to repair the building before they can return home. "This has been a very stressful experience for them," the lawyer behind the lawsuit, David Varty, told The Canadian Press. "The cost to get new furniture or to make those improvements is up to the owner and some of them are complaining about lower property values," he said.

Canada's Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.