Families of Soldiers Killed in 2004 Black Hawk Helicopter Crash in Waco, Texas file a Wrongful Death Lawsuit against the Television Tower Owners and Operators.
Houston, TX — The Willis Law Firm and co-counsel, today announced that they have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the families of three soldiers who died when a U.S. Army helicopter collided with guy wires supporting a television broadcasting tower near Waco, Texas, on a foggy morning in November 2004. At the time of the helicopter crash, the television tower’s warning lights were not functioning, a violation of Federal Communications Commission and Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The suit alleges negligence on the part of Oklahoma-based KSWO Television Company, Inc., one of the owners and/or operators of the tower.
The helicopter, a UH-60L Black Hawk, crashed on November 29, 2004, shortly after taking off from Fort Hood, Texas, killing all seven soldiers aboard. Victims included Brigadier General Charles B. Allen of Lawton, Oklahoma; Specialist Richard L. Brown of Stonewall, Louisiana; Chief Warrant Officer Todd T. Christmas of Wagon Mound, New Mexico; Chief Warrant Officer Doug Clapp of Greensboro, North Carolina; Chief Warrant Officer Mark W. Evans of Killeen, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer David H. Garner of Mason City, Iowa; and Colonel James M. Moore of Peabody, Massachusetts. The lawsuit against KSWO Television Company, Inc. is filed on behalf of the families of Officers Christmas, Garner, and Evans. The families of the other victims are not currently involved in the suit.
“…this helicopter crash and the deaths of these soldiers was 100% preventable, but for the simple negligence of the tower company to wait days to repairs the lights. Such a simple fix, such horrible outcome…” said David P. Willis, of the Willis Law Firm in Houston, Texas.
Erica Smith Christmas et al. v. Centex Television Limited Partnership, KSWO Television of Texas, Inc., and KSWO Television Company, Inc. is filed in the 414th District Court in McLennan County, Texas, Cause No. 2006-3165-5.
The Willis Law Firm
The Willis Law Firm is based in Houston, Texas with a strong national presence and recognition. With over 32 years of personal injury experience, Mr. David Willis is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is licensed in Texas and New York. He has gained a national reputation as a leading personal injury lawyer in the United States. He specializes in the prosecution of serious injury cases, involving burns, paralysis, anoxic brain damage, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death suits against manufacturers, chemical plants and other corporate entities in Texas and across the United States.