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Dispute Summary - OSU Case On January 27 2001 a group of 10 Oklahoma State University basketball players and officials were killed when their small plane in route to Stillwater Oklahoma crashed Victims include Nate Fleming a freshman guard Dan Lawson a junior guard Bill Teegins a play-by-play announcer Kendall Durfey a broadcast engineer Will Hancock a sports information employee Pat Noyes director of basketball operations Brian Luinstra a trainer Jared Weiberg a student manager Denver Mills pilot and Bjorn Falistrom co-pilot The Beechcraft King Air 200 disappeared from controllers radar screens before it went down near Byers Colo The plane was one of three aircraft traveling back to Stillwater from the basketball teams game versus the University of Colorado On June 7 2001 Lawsons parents filed a tort claim with the State of Oklahomas Office of Risk Management Administration the first step in the legal process towards a lawsuit In the claim Lawsons parents stated that the University was negligent in its behavior specifically in its failure to secure maintain and inspect the plane In addition the claim states that the University failed to take reasonable steps to promulgate adequate rules and regulations regarding the use of aircraft In July 2002 five families filed a wrongful death civil suit against the owner of the airplane North Bay Charter LLC Lindell Jean Mills personal representative of the estate of deceased pilot Denver Mills Raytheon Aircraft Company and Marathon Power Technologies Company in the district court of Oklahoma County Marathon Power Technologies Company was named in the lawsuit because our company rebuilt the planes two electrical inverters as part of a routine refurbishment of the mechanisms Such inverters convert DC power to AC power for some of the aircrafts flight instruments and lights It was claimed that the King Airs inverters had become inoperable during flight with the possibility of one inverter being inoperable before the twin-engine aircraft lifted off Marathons attorney Tom Elder disputed
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