Passengers Sue Pilot, Aviation Company for March Plane Crash

Three men are suing after being injured in a plane crash.Three Mississippi men who were injured in a March 19 plane crash are suing the pilot and Apollo Aviation, according to the Sun Herald.

Scott Walker, Dax Pitalo and Roy T. O'Bryant were reportedly aboard the aircraft when it took off from the Ocean Springs Airport on the afternoon of March 19. The aircraft was scheduled to fly the men to Destin, Florida for dinner, reported the newspaper.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiff's claim that the pilot did not complete a pre-flight check and ignored comments about the malfunctioning seat belts in the plane. The suit says the aircraft's alarms began to go off immediately upon take off, and that the plane would not gain altitude, causing it to hit a tree before crash-landing on a street.

The source said all of the passengers were injured, although Walker – who was part owner of the plane – apparently experienced the most severe injuries, which left him in a back brace.

An attorney representing Apollo Aviation claims the pilot, Christopher Loepke, was not employed by the company, reported the source. The paper was unable to contact Loepke for comment and added that he has not filed a response to the lawsuit.

There were 1,500 aviation crashes in the U.S. last year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, resulting in 469 fatalities.