LE MARS, Iowa (AP/KCAU) — Relatives of four people killed in a 2018 plane crash in central Iowa allege in new lawsuits that a maintenance error caused carbon monoxide to enter the plane’s cabin, causing the crash.
The lawsuits, announced Thursday, name Ultra Flight LLC, an aviation maintenance facility in Le Mars, and its owner, Tomas Mullally.
The single-engine Piper took off from the airport in Le Mars on Nov. 9, 2018, and crashed into a cow pasture near Guthrie Center, about 115 miles away.
The victims, from Le Mars and Merrill, were traveling to central Iowa on a hunting trip.
Autopsies determined that all four victims suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning.