ONLY ON 3: Plane crash victim's husband sues pilot's estate
The husband of the woman killed in a plane crash last January filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pilot's estate this week, claiming he flew recklessly, causing the plane to crash.
Lynda Marinello and the pilot, Frank Davey, were both killed when the plane crashed into Chickamauga Lake.
Chris Marinello tells Channel 3 the purpose of the lawsuit is to bring the truth to light.
"It's just about getting justice for my wife. And at the end of the day, that's it. And if I was in that situation, I would want her to do the same,” Marinello said.
He was in Detroit when his son called about what happened and immediately called his in-laws and gave them the news.
"Man, I tell you what. That call was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life,” Marinello said.
The lawsuit is asking Davey's estate for $550,000 in damages.
"Because there is enough information there to assign specific causes to this,” Marinello said.
Marinello says he's been a pilot for 27 years and whenever he has a passenger on board, he exercises extreme caution.
"I would never think of putting not only myself but my passenger’s health and safety at risk,” Marinello said.
He hopes this lawsuit can also teach other pilots about flying safer with others on board.
"My call to other pilots is if you know someone is doing something that can endanger somebody, say something. Don't let someone else get killed,” Marinello said.
He says the hardest part of this was Chattanooga lost more than a great teacher, the city lost his best friend.
Marinello says his children and the rest of his family have been a tremendous help during this tough time.
He is representing himself in this case.
Davey's family has 21 days to respond to the lawsuit.