Sara Karnes, Springfield News-Leader
A Springfield lawyer has died after a single-engine airplane crashed in Texas County.
At approximately 7:16 a.m. Wednesday, Texas County Emergency Services received a report of a plane crash in a field on Bethel Drive in the Summersville area, according to a press release from Sheriff Scott Lindsey.
Robert Torp, 64, was declared dead at the scene, said Marie Lasater, Texas County Coroner. Torp was the only person in the aircraft.
The plane was identified as a 1963 Piper Cherokee 180, according to Lindsey. The aircraft is registered to a different subject from Newport, Virginia.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Torp held a private pilot license. He had it renewed in August 2018.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation of the crash, according to Lindsey.
Torp, an attorney, specialized in personal injury, immigration law, civil settlements and criminal defense in the Springfield area, according to torplaw.com.
Under the “About” section on his website, it says Torp was from Michigan and moved to Springfield nearly 20 years ago after graduating from Western Michigan University and law school at University of Southern Illinois. He also graduated from the Trial Lawyers College.
Torp drove tanks for the Army National Guard and served in the Civil Air Patrol of Missouri, where he assisted in search and rescue missions, according to his website.
Torp had three children and eight grandchildren, the website says.