December 14th, 2012|
December 14, 2012
The plane departed from Lancaster Regional Airport and crashed near the border of Kaufman and Ellis counties in Texas at about 11 a.m. Thursday, and two men were killed in the crash, reports the Dallas Morning News.
A 30-year-old husband and father of two young sons, who had won Thursday’s flight at an auction, was killed.
A 77-year-old man, a 1957 Southern Methodist University graduate and former commercial pilot who flew fighter jets in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, also died in the crash.
It is not yet clear what caused the accident. As is protocol for fatal crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating and will examine “flight communications, radar data, weather, witnesses, and pilot flying and medical history, among other factors.”
The investigation could take over a year, according to a NTSB spokesman.
The 30-year-old man worked as the director of business development at a smartphone app development startup.
The 77-year-old man spent years restoring the Aero L-29 Delfin fighter jet that they were flying. He spent his career as a pilot and often donated his time and his vintage aircraft.