The family of a Lake Worth woman who died when a plane crashed into her mobile home in October is suing the estate of the prominent pilot killed in the crash.
Attorneys representing the family of the deceased Banny Galicia, 21, and her father Domingo Galicia filed a lawsuit on Jan. 7 against the estate of Dan Shalloway.
Shalloway, 64, a former engineer and local government consultant, was flying the 1973 single-engine Piper Cherokee that crashed into the Mar-Mak Colony Club mobile home park at 5:33 p.m. on Oct. 13.
The lawsuit maintains that "Shalloway negligently operated and/or maintained the (airplane) causing it to crash upon the residence of Banny Galicia and Domingo Galicia."
Domingo Galicia said he was sitting on the porch with his daughter sleeping inside when the plane crashed into their mobile home.
The lawsuit argues that Domingo Galicia "will continue to suffer future losses as a result of this tragic and horrible airplane collision."
On Oct. 13, Shalloway took off from the airport in Lantana and flew to Kissimmee Gateway Airport, near Orlando. Seven hours later, after getting 20 gallons of fuel, Shalloway flew back toward Lantana, according to an accident report released in October.
Nearing the airport, the plane made an "S" shaped turn before crashing, according to authorities.
Shalloway's wife, Lisa Tropepe, a commissioner for the town of Palm Beach Shores, is named in the lawsuit as a representative of Shalloway's estate.
Tropepe as well as representatives for the Galicia family could not be reached for comment Thursday, despite attempts by phone and email.
Shalloway was a founding member of the engineering firm Shalloway, Foy, Raman & Newell. He left the firm in 2007 after a corruption scandal involving Shalloway, his former partner and former County Commissioner Warren Newell and an undisclosed fee for a reservoir project that Shalloway championed. Shalloway never faced criminal charges.
FLYERS INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N57312
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in Lake Worth, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180, registration: N57312
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On October 13, 2015, about 1733 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180, N57312, impacted a residential area in Lake Worth, Florida, during approach to Palm Beach County Park-Lantana Airport (LNA), Lantana, Florida. The private pilot and one person on the ground were fatally injured. The airplane was consumed by postimpact fire and destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Kissimmee Gateway Airport, (ISM), Kissimmee, Florida, with an intended destination of LNA. The airplane was owned by Flyers Inc. and operated by a private individual as a personal flight in accordance with the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
Preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the flight originated at LNA earlier during the day of the accident, and flew to ISM, where fueling records indicated that the airplane was fueled with 20 gallons of 100-low-lead aviation gasoline (top off). The flight departed ISM approximately 7 hours later for an intended landing back at LNA. The pilot received flight following from air traffic control to LNA and radioed on the common traffic advisory frequency that he was 3 miles east of the airport and going to enter a mid-field left downwind leg for runway 15. The pilot then radioed that he was turning a left base leg for runway 15 and no other communications were received from the pilot. A radar plot showed the airplane flying through the runway center line and then making an "S"-turn before radar coverage was lost.
A witness observed the airplane flying overhead and watched as it made the "S"-turn, followed by a steep right 180-degree turn and descend into a mobile home park. He then saw smoke and fire where the airplane went down.
The wreckage was examined at the accident site and again at a recovery facility. No readable cockpit instruments were recovered. Aileron control continuity was established from the control chain in the cockpit, via aileron cables that were separated and exhibited broomstraw ends, to their respective aileron bellcranks, which had also separated from the wings. Rudder control continuity was confirmed from the rudder horn to the rudder bar. Stabilator control continuity was confirmed from the "T" bar to the balance weight. The stabilator trim system was not recovered and presumed destroyed by post impact fire.
The two-blade propeller remained attached to the engine. One blade was bent aft, partially melted and contained leading edge nicks, while the outboard half of the other propeller blade was consumed by fire. The top spark plugs were removed from the engine and the propeller was rotated by hand. Camshaft and crankshaft continuity were confirmed to the rear accessory section and valve train continuity was confirmed to the No. 1 and No. 3 cylinders. Due to impact and thermal damage, valve train continuity to the No. 2 and No. 4 cylinders were confirmed by visual inspection.
According to FAA records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land, which was issued on May 4, 2012. He also held an FAA third-class medical certificate, issued September 23, 2015. At the time of the medical examination the pilot reported 250 total hours of flight experience.
The four-seat, low-wing, fixed tricycle gear airplane, serial number 28-7405042, was manufactured in 1973. It was powered by a Lycoming O-360, 180-horsepower engine, equipped with a two-blade fixed-pitch Sensenich propeller. Review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on May 25, 2015. At that time, the airframe had accumulated about 6,199 total hours of operation and the engine had accumulated 1,320 hours since major overhaul.
The 1753 recorded weather observation at West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), West Palm Beach, Florida, located approximately 4.5 miles north of the accident location, included wind from 140 degrees, at 13 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 5000 feet, scattered clouds at 25,000 feet, temperature 28 degrees C, dew point 21 degrees C; barometric altimeter 29.91 inches of mercury.