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May 6, 2001
A pilot died in a small plane crash outside of Shreveport, Louisiana, on Wednesday around noon.
The pilot, a seventy-one-year old resident of Bossier City, piloted the experimental Europa aircraft, which crashed between a cluster of oak trees on a private farm.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they found the pilot already deceased in the cockpit. The plane had snapped in half but didn’t catch fire.
The pilot took off at 11:49 a.m. from Shreveport’s downtown airport. Shreveport Airport Authority spokesman Mark Crawford says the pilot told airport personnel that he would head to the north practice area about seven miles away and that he didn’t need to be monitored on radar.
Witness Tommy Head, an employee of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, saw the plane from his vantage on La. Highway 1. He told The News Star that he saw the plane flying low and “wobbling side to side.” Head said it didn’t look like the plane was having engine problems but rather that the pilot might be experiencing a medical problem.
Authorities told The News Star that no one reported seeing the crash happen.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will take now over the investigation.
Do you think experimental aircraft should be flown by those outside the military? Do you think private aircraft should be better regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration?
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 thenewsstar.com.
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