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Pilots who survived Thomson plane crash file suit

The site of a fatal plane crash in Thomson. The site of a fatal plane crash in Thomson.
Pilot Richard Trammell is filing suit. (Source: Google) Pilot Richard Trammell is filing suit. (Source: Google)
THOMSON, GA (WFXG) -

It's been about nine months since a small private jet crashed in Thomson, killing five people and injuring two others.

Since then several families filed lawsuits and now the only people to survive the crash, the plane's pilots, are suing too.

Pilots Richard Trammell and Jeremy Hayden filed lawsuits in Fulton County against the city of Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia Power Co. and Milliken & Co., according to Thomson city manager Don Powers.

The surviving family members of Kim Davidson, Tiffany Porter and Heidi McCorkle are suing the pilots.

Their lawsuits claim the pilots were "impaired, or unqualified." 

The city of Thomson is being sued by the two pilots and four of the victim's families, including Lisa Volpitto's family, because the city partially owns the airport.

According to the lawsuits, the city was supposed to keep "structures from being built that could interfere with aircraft."

Friday Fox54 learned the city of Thomson filed a motion to get the case moved to McDuffie County.

Their Chicago based attorney John Hoff didn't address the specifics of the case but he says the first step in what will be a long process is to get the case to the right courthouse.

The NTSB hasn't finished their factual report or determined the probable cause of the crash.

Hoff says when the NTSB finishes their investigation their conclusions aren't admissible in court by federal law.

We'll know where the case will head to court after a Fulton County hearing is scheduled.

 

Previous story:

Two pilots who survived a Thomson plane crash that killed five other people are filing suit against the city of Thomson, McDuffie County, Milliken & Co. and Georgia Power.

The crash happened in February when a small, private jet hit a utility pole and crashed. All five passengers, who worked for Vein Guys, were killed. The two pilots, Richard Trammell and Jeremy Hayden, were injured.

The group was returning from a surgery practice in Tennessee.

Georgia Power built the 60-foot utility pole that the plane hit before crashing, and Milliken & Co. owns the property where the utility pole was built. The city of Thomson and McDuffie County own the airport where the plane was trying to land.

The pilots filed suit in Fulton County, said Thomson City Manager Don Powers. Attorneys with the city of Thomson's insurance company have filed a motion to get the case moved to McDuffie County.

In September, the families of four of the victims filed suit against a dozen parties, including the two pilots.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash.

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