The mother of a man who died while riding as a passenger in a small plane that crashed in Newhall in 2020 is suing the estate of the pilot, who also died, and the estate’s representative.
Karla Vasquez brought the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit on Thursday against the estate of John Russell Calvert and the estate’s representative, Gregory Michael Calvert. The suit alleges negligence and both strict and negligent products liability leading to the death of Vasquez’s son, 36-year-old Kevin Solis of Fontana.
On March 3, a similar suit was filed by was filed by Solis’ widow, Gina Solis, on behalf of herself and the couple’s 10-year-old daughter. Kevin Solis who was the only passenger aboard the plane flown by the 77-year-old Calvert, a Valencia resident.
Calvert had an obligation to operate the plane “in a careful and vigilant manner” and avoid causing injury or death to his passenger, the Vasquez suit states.
Solis was unaware of any defects in the plane before the crash, the Vasquez suit states.
A representative for the Calvert estate could not be immediately reached.
Vasquez has been deprived of the care, love and companionship of her son and has also lost his financial support, the Vasquez suit states.
The crash occurred near the Sunshine Canyon Landfill at about 1:50 p.m. March 13, 2020. The plane, a single-engine Mooney M20K, left Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend, Oregon, earlier that day and vanished from radar while inbound to Van Nuys Airport. A witness working at the landfill reported hearing engine problem sounds from the aircraft and the wreckage was later found on a hill near the landfill.