GEARHART - Greg Marshall, who along with his wife, Nancy, is being named in a lawsuit involving a a plane crash in Gearhart, said Wednesday that he is not concerned about the legal action.
The Marshalls owned the house that was destroyed when a single-engine Cessna crashed into it last August. Ten-year-old Julia Reimann, who was vacationing at the house with her family, was killed, and her mother, brother and sister were severely injured.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, claims, in part, that the Marshalls failed to "ensure that all bedroom and second floor windows opened."
After learning of the lawsuit Wednesday, Greg Marshall told The Daily Astorian that "all the windows that were supposed to open opened."
"The ones we always kept open in the summer were the ones upstairs because it would get hot and humid up there," Marshall said. "They were always propped open with a screen - probably about 12 inches wide.
"The upstairs windows were the best and easily opened windows in the whole place," he added.
Marshall said he didn't take the lawsuit personally.
"I don't consider this anything personal,' he said. "I consider it a logical, legal process where you name anybody and everybody that might contribute to those who might need compensating. Regardless of whoever they get compensation from, it won't be compensation enough."
The Reimanns, of Beaverton, were staying with other family members at the house, which they had rented from the Marshalls for a two-week family vacation.
On the morning of Aug. 4, a plane piloted by Jason Ketcheson, of Cannon Beach, plunged into the house, immediately setting it on fire.
Killed were Ketcheson and his passenger, Frank Toohey, of Seaside, and the Reimanns' cousins who were in the house, Hesam Farrar Masoudi, 12, and Grace Masoudi, 8, of Denver.
Ruth Johnson-Reimann, 47; Christopher Reimann, then 13; and Sarah Reimann, then 11, spent several weeks recovering at the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center in Portland.
The lawsuit also is seeking damages from Ketcheson's employer and estate. The suit cites a preliminary Federal Aviation Administration toxicology report that says Ketcheson was flying under the influence of a prescribed sleeping aid called Ambien. An FAA spokesman, however, said he was unaware of such a report.