Marta Wade, widow of Christopher Wade, and the couple's children, Ryan
and Jamie Wade, filed a wrongful death suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior
Court against the American Flyers school in Los Angeles and one of its
employees, Peter Nagy.
Wade, 63, and Cheryl Jolene Strawn, 69, died in the collision of the two
Cessna 172s that occurred about 2 p.m. April 29 about eight miles east-
northeast of Ventura, according to Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation
Nagy was providing flight instruction in the American Flyers plane at
the time of the crash, the suit states.
A representative of American Flyers did not immediately return an email
Strawn was a production designer who worked on the Nightmare on Elm
The plane piloted by Nagy landed on the Westlake Golf Course in Westlake
Village, the last Los Angeles County community before the Ventura County
border along the Ventura (101) Freeway, while the aircraft with Wade and Strawn
crashed in Malibu Creek State Park, igniting a one-acre brush fire that was
quickly extinguished by county firefighters, Kenitzer said.