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May 9, 2011
A Conroe, Texas, father and daughter piloting team died on Saturday morning when their experimental Ravin 500 plane caught fire and crashed into a heavily wooded area a half mile North of a Houston area airport. The pair had narrowly survived a previous disaster in 2007 when another of their experimental planes—built with a Chevrolet engine—caught fire.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Erik Burse told Fox News that father and daughter, aged 70 and 52 respectively, took off from the Montgomery County Executive Airport at 8:53 a.m. on Saturday, and within a minute of take-off reported smoke in the cockpit and requested an emergency landing.
They turned the plane around, but a minute later it was down and on fire in an area so thick with trees that Texas Forest Service rescue crews had to bulldoze a path to the wreckage.
Both members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the pilots had been headed to an air show in Temple, Texas.
The Ravin 500 that crashed and exploded on Saturday had been built from a kit that sells for $87,000.
The Federal Aviation Administration told The Daily News that an investigator was dispatched to the crash scene. The National Transportation Board was also reportedly sending an investigator.
Do you think experimental aircraft needs to be better regulated to ensure safety?
If you or someone you know has had their safety compromised on a commercial or private aircraft, contact the national aviation lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy.
Photo courtesy of the NYDailyNews.com.
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