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Carlos Palos, John Kovach, Jeff Percy, Michael A. Copeland, 55, and James Henry Hale, 66, dead after mid-air collision between single-engine Cessna and executive jet near Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego County, CA

Modified Date: 
Fri, 01/08/2016 - 9:18pm
Accident Date: 
Sunday, August 16, 2015

Midair Collision Victims Identified San Diego

Three of the victims in Sunday's fatal midair collision were identified Monday. Carlos Palos, John Kovach and Jeff Percy died in the crash, according to their employer BAE Systems.

Executive jet, single-engine Cessna collide near San Diego's Brown Field; 5 dead

SAN DIEGO '€” Five people were killed Sunday in a midair collision of two small planes over Otay Mesa east of San Diego near the Mexican border, officials said. KNSD-TV in San Diego reported that the Sabreliner that crashed was leased to a defense contractor. Personnel from Cal Fire, the San Diego Fire & Rescue Department and the Chula Vista Fire Department responded to the scene. Pieces of the Cessna were found in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. The planes '€” a twin-engine Sabreliner jet and a single-engine Cessna 172 '€” collided about two miles northeast of Brown Field Municipal Airport about 11 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

San Diego Pilot Killed in SoCal Crash Had Disciplinary Record: Documents

David K. Martz, 58, of San Diego, and passenger Greg Bacino, 56, of San Diego, died Aug. 6 when the Cessna Martz was flying crashed in a remote area of the county following reported engine failure. The following year, he successfully passed the helicopter pilot'€™s license test and was fully licensed, he told NBC7 at the time. The first time he lost his commercial pilot'€™s license, Martz had been flying in 1986 without valid registration and had a false medical certificate, documents showed. Martz was flying Bacino to Carlsbad'€™s McClellan-Palomar Airport from San Luis Obispo when officials received the mayday call. But at the time of the crash, Martz did not have the medical clearances required to fly and was facing a fourth revocation of his license, records show.

Plane Crash Victim's Family Files Claim Against Pilots' Estates, Flying Club

A preliminary report from the NTSD reveals new details of a midair collision between two small planes near Brown Field. The Sabreliner'€™s pilot had filed a flight plan with Brown Field, and the Cessna'€™s pilot had not, as he was just practicing '€œtouch and go'€™s.'€ The family of a California man killed in a midair collision has filed a claim against the estates of two pilots involved and a flying club, alleging they were responsible for his death. Palos died with the three other men on board, and the Cessna'€™s pilot, Michael Copeland, was also killed. Carlos Palos was a passenger on a twin-engine Sabreliner when it collided with a single-engine Cessna 172 near Brown Field in Otay Mesa on Aug. 16.

Family sues over death of pilot in midair crash

Michael Copeland was practicing touch-and-go landings at Brown Municipal Airport in August when his small Cessna collided with a twin-engine Sabreliner jet. Both Serco and BAE Systems say they support the federal investigation into the crash. Also sued were the control tower manager and the owner of the Sabreliner, Maryland-based BAE Systems. The San Diego Union-Tribune ( ) says Copeland's widow and adult children filed a wrongful death suit this week against Serco Inc., a New Jersey company that handled Brown's air traffic control. The suit claims controllers failed to maintain a safe distance between the aircraft.

'It's Just Surreal': Wife Remembers Man Killed in Midair Plane Crash

Michael A. Copeland, 55, of San Diego, was among five people who died in the crash south of San Diego Sunday. Near Brown Field, a twin-engine Sabreliner and a single-engine Cessna 172 collided with such force Sunday morning that the debris from both planes covered at least a mile.  
People Involved: 
Jeff Percy
John Kovach
Carlos Palos
Michael A. Copeland
James Henry Hale

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