- The police in Kentucky arrested a pilot at an airport in Louisville after he was indicted over a triple homicide.
- The indictment charges Christian Richard Martin, a pilot for the American Airlines-owned PSA Airlines, with murder over the deaths of a couple and their neighbour in Pembroke in November 2015.
- The husband was found dead at his house, while his wife and a neighbour were found in a burned-out car in a cornfield several miles away.
- Martin had been scheduled to fly an American Airlines flight out of Louisville’s Muhammad Ali International Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Kentucky’s attorney general, Andy Beshear, on Saturday announced that Martin had been detained.
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A pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested at a Kentucky airport on Saturday after being indicted over a 2015 murder case.
Christian Richard Martin, a pilot for PSA Airlines, which is owned by American, was indicted Friday over the deaths of Calvin Phillips, 59; his wife, Pamela, 58; and their neighbour Edward Danserau, 63.
The three were believed to be killed November 18, 2015, in Pembroke, Kentucky. Calvin Phillips was found shot dead in the cellar of his home, while the police found Pamela Phillips’ and Danserau’s bodies in a burned-out car belonging to Danserau in a nearby cornfield.
Martin lived close to the three victims at the time of their deaths.
Martin was arrested at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport early Saturday. He was about to fly a plane to Charlotte, North Carolina, the local news outlet WDRB reported.
WDRB interviewed a passenger named Frances Wise who it said was waiting to board the flight when the arrest happened.
“It was very tense,” she said. “You could tell the employees knew something was going on.”
The indictment charges Martin, a Bombardier CRJ first officer, with three counts of murder as well as counts of arson, attempted arson, burglary, and tampering with evidence.
Kentucky’s attorney general, Andy Beshear, announced the news Saturday in a televised press conference.
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“There are many steps from here, but we hope this is one example of when you never stop seeking justice, when you never give up, that we can truly get important results for these families,” Beshear said.
PSA Airlines is based out of Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio.
“All of us at American Airlines and PSA Airlines are deeply saddened to have learned about these allegations from 2015,” American Airlines told Business Insider on Monday in a statement.
“Our team was made aware of the indictment this morning after his arrest at Louisville International Airport.
“We have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members, and we will provide any investigative assistance possible to law enforcement throughout their investigation.”