Published: Thu, May 16, 2019

Son of couple allegedly killed by pilot speaks out

Son of couple allegedly killed by pilot speaks out

A pilot for a subsidiary of American Airlines has been arrested at Louisville International Airport after being charged with the 2015 murders of a Kentucky couple and their neighbour, authorities said.

Calvin Phillips was found shot dead in his home in Pembroke, Kentucky, while the bodies of the other two were found in a nearby cornfield in a burned auto.

The statement said relatives of the victims expressed an "overflowing of emotion, honest relief, and absolute gratitude to all those who have worked diligently on this case". His wife Pamela, 58, and Dansereau, 63, were found in a cornfield inside Pamela's auto, which had been burnt.

He's accused of killing his former neighbors. According to reports, Calvin was a potential witness in the 2015 murders of Danserau and the Phillipses. The police have not mentioned Martin's motive for the killing, according to Fox News. He was convicted of less severe charges of mishandling classified information and two counts of simple assault.

Martin was sentenced to three months in jail and was discharged from the military.

Lance was a flight attendant for PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, where Martin has been flying planes for at least a year now. American Airlines wholly-owns PSA Airlines, which operates an all-jet American Eagle fleet, the company told WDRB.

"Our team was made aware of the indictment [Saturday] morning after his arrest at Louisville International Airport".

"We have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members, and we will provide any investigative assistance possible to law enforcement throughout their investigation".


American Airlines said Martin has been placed on administrative suspension pending the outcome of the investigation and court proceedings, which includes the suspension of all travel privileges.

The airline also said that Martin had been subject to recurrent vetting and a criminal background check, which had not turned up anything that would disqualify him from working as a commercial pilot.

His arrest happened in front of airport staffers and patrons.

In a mugshot widely disseminated on media sites, Martin is seen wearing his airline uniform, with the three stripes of a first officer visible on each shoulder.

'It was very tense, ' her mother told WDRB. You could tell the employees knew something was going on.' The women assumed their pilot had been intoxicated and learned of the reason for his arrest later in the day.

Matt Phillips met with Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, worrying the case would never be solved. He and Calvin Phillips were also connected through a 2016 court martial case, the Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, Tennessee, reported.

Martin faces nine charges, including three counts of murder and one count of arson.

"After sitting across the table two years, I hope it brings a little bit of justice and a little bit of relief to those families", said Beshear.

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