DALLAS — The wife and daughters of Lloyd “Len” Root, a pilot who died last fall during the Wings Over Dallas Airshow, filed a lawsuit Thursday against two groups tied to the event.
Root, a retired American Airlines pilot, was one of six crewmembers who died Nov. 12 during a mid-air collision between two WWII-era aircraft at the Commemorative Air Force's event at the Dallas Executive Airport. He was co-piloting the Boeing B-17G with four others onboard that collided with a Bell P-63F that only had the pilot in it.
Root's wife Angela Root and daughters Larisa Lichte, Kendra Hockaday and Rebekah Lowery filed the lawsuit in Dallas County “to help ensure safety for pilots participating in air shows and to show that the tragic death of a beloved husband and father is an immense loss made even more traumatic by its preventable nature,” a news release from the law firm representing the family said.
The relatives, who all live in North Texas, are seeking more than $1 million in damages after suffering emotional distress from the loss of their husband and father. Angela Root was at the show when the collision happened and “personally witness the tragedy unfold and she knew she was witnessing her husband's death as the plane he was flying was split in two,” the lawsuit says.
Among other expenses, the damages will go toward covering the costs of Root's funeral and burial.
The defendants in the 14-page lawsuit…