Thu, Dec 21, 2006
Charged With Manslaughter In Deaths Of Three Passengers
pilot who survived a fatal weekend crash of a Bellanca Viking into
an Oklahoma reservoir bonded out of jail Wednesday, after a judge
cut his $300,000 bail in half.
As Aero-News reported,
30-year-old Thomas Brent Caldwell was flying with three passengers
Saturday night when the aircraft went down in Grand Lake, east of
Tulsa, OK. Police say Caldwell was intoxicated when they found him,
and that he does not possess a valid pilot license.
Caldwell is charged with first-degree manslaughter for the
deaths of 15-year-old Mariano Carlos, 20-year-old Eduardo Robles
and 33-year-old Campos Gonzalez.
KOTV-6 in Tulsa reports Caldwell's attorney, Chris Lyons, told
the court his client has no prior criminal history, and does not
pose a flight risk.
"You're dealing with a man who has character, who has heart, he
is going to do what is right," said Lyons.
Results of a blood test administered following the accident have
not been released.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the
cause of the accident. Witnesses say the Bellanca's propeller was
not spinning when the plane went into the water.
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