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Thread: [Acro] Airline pilot, teen die in plane crash

Message: [Acro] Airline pilot, teen die in plane crash

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From: "LCSJ1" <lcsj1 at>

Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 17:15:43 UTC

Posted on Thu, Aug. 08, 2002

Airline pilot, teen die in plane crash
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

FORT WORTH - An American Airlines pilot and a 19-year-old college student,
whose parents and a brother work for American Airlines, were killed in the
crash of an aerobatic plane in the yard of a Parker County home Tuesday.

Dean Callan, 42, of Southlake was at the controls of the Yakolev Yak 52
plane when it plummeted to the ground, a friend of both men's families said

Chris Baker, 19, a sophomore at Texas Christian University, was a back-seat
passenger, their friend John Cooley said.

"There was no real purpose other than a pleasure flight," Cooley, an
American pilot, said. "Chris was interested in flying and was taking flying
lessons and just wanted to fly in the Yak." The National Transportation
Safety Board is investigating the crash, but it will be months before a
cause is determined, said Joyce Roach, the air safety investigator in

The plane took off from Hicks Field in northwest Tarrant County on Tuesday
afternoon and flew to Prop Wash airfield in Denton County, and then to
Bourland Field in southwest Tarrant County before taking off for the last
time just after 5 p.m., Cooley said.

Callan was performing aerobatic maneuvers above the Mesa Grande Valley
subdivision in eastern Parker County about 5:15 p.m. Witnesses said that
they saw the plane doing loops before it crashed.

Chris Baker's brother, John Baker Jr., said he had heard different versions
of what happened, including an account that Callan was doing a spin at the
time the plane went down.

Chris Baker graduated in 2001 from Keller High School. His father, John
Baker Sr., is an American Airlines captain, and John Baker Jr. is an
American first officer. His mother, Patricia Baker, is an American flight

Another brother, Jim Baker, lives in Austin, and sister Mandy Baker is a
senior at Keller High School.

Dean Callan, an American first officer, and his wife, Patty Callan, had a
son, Gabriel, 7, and a 2-year-old daughter, Amelia, Cooley said.

"Dean was a great guy," Cooley said. "Dean's father was a pilot, and he came
from a long line of family that was involved in aviation."

Callan flew general aviation and aerobatic aircraft, such as the Yak, for
pleasure and had gone to the annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in
at Oshkosh, Wis., in late July, Cooley said.

Cooley remembered Chris Baker as a quiet, intelligent college student
attending TCU on a music scholarship.

"He had just finished his freshman year and was getting the bug to learn to
fly. He had started to take flying lessons in the past few months," he said.

Janie Casey, coordinator of guidance and counseling for the Keller school
district, said Chris Baker was a tuba player in band and after graduating
gave tuba lessons to students.

Counselors were at the school Tuesday, and many students used the service,
Casey said.


Bill Teeter, (817) 390-7757 bteeter at


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