Saturday, February 16, 2019

Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Piper PA-31T1 Cheyenne I, registered to and operated by T-210 Holdings LLC, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight, N47GW; fatal accident occurred July 13, 2017 near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (KTYR), Smith County, Texas

TYLER, TEXASX (KLTV) - The plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit are claiming gross negligence caused a Tyler plane crash that killed a pilot and an East Texas pastor.

The lawsuit was filed by Preston Burton on behalf of Pastor Trevor Morris’ estate and surviving family members, including his parents, his widow and five children.

Morris, 39, of Murchison, and pilot William Robert Walls III, 62, of Huntsville, were killed in July 2017 when the plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

The lawsuit names three East Texas companies as defendants: First AV Group of Henderson County, Flare Air of Rusk County, and East Texas H.S.I. of Smith County, as well the Sonja Lynne Walls on behalf of William Walls’ estate.

The lawsuits seeks a jury trial and damages in excess of $1 million.

According to the lawsuit, the plane’s right engine failed during take-off, forcing Walls to take emergency action. “Walls was beyond the point where he could about the takeoff so he needed to proceed with take off, get the aircraft under control, and land so as to assess the situation,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that under proper procedures a competent pilot would be able to control the plane through takeoff and landing with one engine. But according to the lawsuit, “Walls failed to properly control the aircraft and crashed into a nearby field.”

The lawsuit shows First AV Group and Flare Air hired Walls to pilot the Piper PA-31. It alleges both companies knew Walls was “inexperienced with this aircraft” and “despite this, they approved Walls to pilot the aircraft.”

The lawsuit also claims First AV Group and Flare Air contracted with East Texas H.S.I to provide maintenance and inspections of the plane that crashed.

The lawsuit claims the defendants failed to control the aircraft, failed to react properly to an emergency, failed to properly operate the plane, failed to retain a competent pilot and failed to properly inspect and maintain the plane.

Burton is president of Burton Oil Service Operations and part owner of the plane. Morris was the Vice President of Burton Oil Services. Morris was flying from Tyler to Midland on business at the time of the crash. Morris was a pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro.

Walls was a member of The Ark Church in Conroe and a retired Southwest Airlines pilot.

Original article can be found here ➤

Bobby Walls

Trevor Morris

Bobby Walls and family

Trevor Morris

Trevor Morris, standing in center, is surrounded by members of his family. Morris died in a plane crash July 13th in Tyler, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Worth, Texas 

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA266
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Tyler, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31T1, registration: N47GW
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July13, 2017 about 0810 central daylight time, a Piper Cheyenne, PA-31T airplane, N47GW, impacted terrain near Tyler, Texas. The airline transport rated pilot and sole passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by T-210 Holdings, LLC, Dover, Delaware under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and the airplane was an instrument flight plan. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident, and was enroute to Midland, Texas.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after departure, the airplane descended into terrain. 

The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed the airplane impacted an open field surrounded by trees. The wreckage was located on the edge of a small pond about one-half mile from the end of runway 17. There was not a post-crash fire; however, fuel was found at the site.

After the initial on-site documentation of the wreckage, the airplane was recovered to a secure facility, for further examination.


Anonymous said...

It isn’t like these Jesus thumpers to sue.....

Anonymous said...

Moral of the story... when flying a small plane do not take non pro non pilot passengers.

Restrict GA to:

- Militaries
- Fellow pilots

That's it... and if a private pilot who is a lawyer has to fly, never let him fly with you.

General Population HAS NO PLACE in General Aviation. Simply because they perceive pilots as wealthy and an easy target for lawsuits and are ignorant that all activities from scaling the Everest to lying on a couch watching TV involve a certain degree of risk.

Anonymous said...

I quit teaching people to fly in California shortly after the wife of a student of mine approached me and said, "nothing bad better happen to him". I told myself right then, if I want to keep my house and everything I worked my ass off for, I better quit saying "more right rudder" over and over again.