LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Relatives of a man killed after two small planes collided near Calabasas are suing a flight training school and the pilot of the other aircraft, officials announced Wednesday.
Christopher Wade’s wife, Marta, and their children, Ryan and Jamie, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the American Flyers flight school as well as one of its employees, Peter Nagy, Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Wade, 63, and 69-year-old Cheryl Jolene Strawn died in the crash that occurred around 2 p.m. on April 29.
Two Cessna 172s collided mid-air over Ventura County before the plane piloted by Nagy, who was providing flight instruction, was forced to make a crash landing on Westlake Golf Course in Westlake Village.
The plane carrying Wade and Strawn crashed into a mountainside at Malibu Creek State Park and ignited a one-acre brush fire that was quickly extinguished.
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