American Airlines pilot triple murder, suspension pending the outcome.
American Airlines has confirmed that Christian Richard Martin, who was arrested in relation to three murders, is employed as a pilot and has been placed on administrative suspension pending the outcome of the incident investigation via WDRB in Louisville.
“All of us at American Airlines and PSA Airlines are deeply saddened to have learned about these allegations from 2015,” American Airlines said in a statement via WDRB. “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.”
The company added that Martin has worked for PSA Airlines as a Bombardier CRJ First Officer since January 2018 and provided more background information:
Pilots undergo a criminal background check and recurrent vetting for any derogatory information. In this specific case, Christian Martin was subject to this recurrent vetting without any criminal history that would disqualify him from being a commercial pilot.
Martin has worked for PSA Airlines, as a Bombardier CRJ First Officer, since January 2018.
Martin has been placed on administrative suspension pending the outcome of the investigation/court proceedings, which includes the suspension of all travel privileges.
The screening of both passengers and airline employees is handled by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and questions regarding these policies would have to be addressed by the TSA. Recurrent vetting of criminal histories is run regularly via the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS).
Martin was arrested for the 2015 murders of Calvin and Pamela Phillips, as well as Edward Dansereau by a Christian County grand jury on Friday at Louisville International Airport with assistance from the United States Marshall’s Service, Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Louisville Metro Police.
He was indicted on three counts of murder; one count of arson; one count of attempted arson, burglary in the first degree; and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.
Police found Calvin Phillips shot to death at his home in Pembroke, Kentucky on November 18, 2015.
Phillips’ wife, Pamela, and their neighbor, Edward Danserau, were found a few miles away in a corn field in a burned up car owned by Mrs. Phillips.
Family members of the victims expressed an “overflowing of emotion, sincere relief, and absolute gratitude to all those who have worked diligently on this case,” according to the press release.
“Nov. 18, 2015, Cal Phillips, Pam Phillips and Ed Dansereau were brutally extinguished – beyond recognition from family. Every day, we are haunted by what was done to them and haunted further that someone was still free to do as they wish, beyond the civility of mankind or laws of our nation,” the family members of the victims said in a statement. “We are overwhelmed with this positive step towards resolution for people we love dearly; Cal and Pam Phillips and Ed Dansereau, and the hundreds of friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and others deeply affected by their brutal end. We look forward to justice in court, and we look forward to a verdict to bring an end to this terror, and a fresh start at healing.”
Martin will be returned to Christian County, where he will await trial.
A Christian Circuit Court judge has ordered that he will be held without bond.