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July 19, 1989 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Thomas Root, the Washington lawyer whose light plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while he sat at the controls apparently unconscious last week, has dozens of California clients who have invested money in applications for radio station licenses. Root, an attorney for Sonrise Management Services Inc., of Georgia, represents limited partners seeking FM band licenses in 16 outlying population centers in Northern and Central California.
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July 20, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
Military pilots who tracked Washington lawyer Thomas Root's plane during its bizarre six-hour flight last Thursday saw Root turn his head several times, which could cast doubt on his statements that he was unconscious during most of the flight, federal investigators announced Wednesday.
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July 20, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
Military pilots who tracked Washington lawyer Thomas Root's plane during its bizarre six-hour flight last Thursday saw Root turn his head several times, which could cast doubt on his statements that he was unconscious during most of the flight, federal investigators announced Wednesday.
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July 19, 1989 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Thomas Root, the Washington lawyer whose light plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while he sat at the controls apparently unconscious last week, has dozens of California clients who have invested money in applications for radio station licenses. Root, an attorney for Sonrise Management Services Inc., of Georgia, represents limited partners seeking FM band licenses in 16 outlying population centers in Northern and Central California.
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July 16, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
Lawyer Thomas Root told federal investigators Saturday that he had no idea how he suffered the bullet wound to his abdomen that doctors discovered after he was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean at the conclusion of a mysterious six-hour airborne odyssey.
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July 19, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
The news literally fell out of the blue, landing on furniture company executive John Blackwelder and his wife as they watched television on a warm summer's evening in Charlotte, N.C. A Washington lawyer named Thomas Root had been miraculously plucked from the Atlantic Ocean, the newscast said, after a bizarre six-hour airplane flight in which he slumped unconscious in his Cessna 210 while the automatic pilot carried him toward what seemed certain death.
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September 12, 1989 | From Associated Press
Thomas Root, whose communications law business attracted public scrutiny after his mysterious plane crash into the Atlantic, said Monday that his law firm has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Root, who has acknowledged collecting $1.64 million in fees for representing FM radio station applicants before the Federal Communications Commission in the last two years, said his monetary problems stemmed from non-payment from an "entity" he would not name.
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October 17, 1989 | ROBERT J. VICKERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Washington lawyer Thomas L. Root, who suffered a gunshot wound during a flight that ended when his small airplane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean July 13, is physically competent to continue flying. "We have sent him a letter of investigation," said FAA spokesman Fred Farrar. "We're investigating to see if he still qualifies for an FAA medical certificate."
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July 17, 1989 | From the Washington Post
Washington pilot and lawyer Thomas Root on Sunday categorically denied most of the financial and personal allegations against him and said a revolver he kept in his small plane probably discharged and wounded him when the plane crashed in the ocean last week. In an interview with the Washington Post, the 36-year-old Alexandria, Va., resident said he has never experimented with drugs or engaged in drug trafficking.
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July 16, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER and DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writers
The case of the lawyer who stunned rescuers by surviving a crash landing into the Atlantic Ocean grew ever more unusual Friday as investigators revealed that Thomas Root had suffered a gunshot wound before his crash. Officials in Hollywood, Fla., where Root is recuperating in a hospital, said they had not yet determined how the wound--roughly two inches above Root's navel--was inflicted.
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July 19, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
The news literally fell out of the blue, landing on furniture company executive John Blackwelder and his wife as they watched television on a warm summer's evening in Charlotte, N.C. A Washington lawyer named Thomas Root had been miraculously plucked from the Atlantic Ocean, the newscast said, after a bizarre six-hour airplane flight in which he slumped unconscious in his Cessna 210 while the automatic pilot carried him toward what seemed certain death.
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July 16, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
Lawyer Thomas Root told federal investigators Saturday that he had no idea how he suffered the bullet wound to his abdomen that doctors discovered after he was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean at the conclusion of a mysterious six-hour airborne odyssey.
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July 15, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER and DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writers
The case of the lawyer who stunned rescuers by surviving a crash landing into the Atlantic Ocean grew ever more unusual Friday as investigators revealed that Thomas Root had suffered a gunshot wound before he was rescued. Officials in Hollywood, Fla., where Root is recuperating in a hospital, said they had not yet determined how the wound--roughly two inches above Root's navel--was inflicted.
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