william leeds and james bergman killed in plane crash near topeka billard airport
William Leeds and James Bergman Killed in Plane Crash in Topeka

“Investigation Ongoing”

TOPEKA, KANSAS (July 31, 2017) – Two people that were killed in Monday night in a small plane crash near Topeka have been identified, according to a local news source. (map)

61 year old pilot William Leeds and 55 year old copilot James Bergman were inside a 1965 Piper PA-30 airplane that was approaching the runway at Billard Airport around 8:30, when the plane reportedly missed the runway and struck the ground instead.

Both William Leeds and James Bergman were tragically killed in the accident. William Leeds was a well known doctor in the area, and was reportedly flying the plane under the supervision of James Bergman, who was his instructor. Initial reports indicate that James Bergman had several pilot licenses at the time of the crash.

The airport control tower closes at 7:00 pm, so there was no communication between the pilot and the tower prior to the accident. The accident remains under investigation by the FAA and the NTSB at this time to determine cause and liability.

“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from West Alliance Injury Lawyers. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”

We at West Alliance Injury Lawyers extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of the victim in this tragic accident. We are so sorry for your loss. While we do handle personal injury cases, we write these blogs as an informative measure, to alert families that they may have a wrongful death claim. Choosing an attorney is a personal decision, and one we respect entirely. We would like the opportunity to help you through this difficult time. With decades of experience in the field of accidents, we are prepared to handle everything for you so that you do not have to worry about anything during this time of mourning. Gathering police and coroner’s reports, talking with insurance companies, and filing claims on your behalf are just some of the duties we would like to take off your shoulders. If you are interested, please call us today at (877) 864-6664. We are here to help you.


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