The father of a pilot killed during takeoff from Millard Airport in Omaha, Nebraska, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturers of the airplane’s engine, alleging the engines were rife with problems and had “a history of failures,” that caused his son’s death.
The lawsuit was filed against Continental Motors and other defendants by Michael S. Trubilla on behalf of his 27-year-old son, also named Michael, an Air Force captain stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue. The deceased was flying a Baron Beechcraft 95-B55, owned by the LeMay Aero Club, with flight instructor Ron Panting, 61, as part of a certification to become a civilian pilot.
According to the complaint, Trubilla and Panting took off from Millard Airport around 2:46 p.m. on July 24, 2016. About 15 minutes later a certified pilot on the ground heard one of the engines begin to sputter before the engines powered up and then fell silent in an apparent idle or stall.
The witness walked outside to see what was happening when he spotted the plane spinning nose-first toward the ground. The plane struck a soybean field near Leshara before bursting into flames.
The lawsuit claims that the Baron Beechcraft plane “has a dangerous propensity to enter an unrecoverable spin… There was nothing that Trubilla could have done to recover the aircraft.” The planes have allegedly been named in numerous lawsuits.
Trubilla was selected for an appointment to the Air Force Academy, and flew Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance jets to locations around the world.
Source: Omaha World-Herald