BP Oil Spill Incident Commander Killed in Plane Crash

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Jim Black, a BP incident commander for the company’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill response team, died in a small plane crash near Destin, Fla., on Tuesday night, the company confirmed.

– A former Texas solicitor general has been identified as one of three victims who died when their small plane crashed off the Florida Panhandle.

Officials said Wednesday that former Solicitor General Gregory Scott Coleman, 47, of Cedar Park, Texas, was the pilot of the small Piper Malibu. He and two others were killed when his plane went down in Choctawhatchee Bay on Tuesday night while trying to land at the Destin airport.

Also killed were Coleman’s mother-in-law, Charlene Black, 63, of College Station, Texas, and James Patrick Black, 58. Black’s address was not immediately released.  

Channel 3 News has confirmed that James Black is a long-time BP employee and executive. Black was recently named the Gulf Coast Incident Commander for Restoration for BP. He was in charge of clean up for the entire spill. He took that position just 60 days ago. Black was in Houma, Louisiana from the beginning of the spill.


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