The following is the statement released by the Experimental
Aircraft Association in the wake of Saturday's accident that claimed the lives
of two Young Eagles, and the pilot who had volunteered to give them
their first airplane ride, in Everett, WA.
The staff of Aero-News joins the EAA in mourning their losses,
as well as encouraging anyone who has ever dreamed of
flying to take to the skies... always with respect for, but not
fear of, the risks involved.
Officials at the Experimental Aircraft Association today
mourn the loss of a pilot and two passengers involved in an
airplane accident yesterday during an educational event involving
EAA Young Eagles flights in the Greater Seattle, Washington
The educational program involved a group of students of an
aviation-oriented vocational high school. Pilots from local EAA
chapters had volunteered to give the students free flights in their
general-aviation airplanes. The Piper Cherokee 140 airplane went
down in the vicinity of Paine Field, an airport in Everett,
Washington, just north of Seattle.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of this tragic accident.
Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the families and
friends of the three individuals whose lives were lost," said Tom
Poberezny, EAA president.
The accident marks the
first fatalities among the approximately 1,200,000 Young Eagles
whom EAA members have flown since EAA launched the program in
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating
the accident. As of Sunday afternoon, the NTSB had released neither
the names of the deceased nor any details of the accident.
The EAA Young Eagles program's mission is to provide youths
between the ages of 8 and 17 their first aviation experiences as a
way to educate and inspire achievement. Numerous participants have
continued pursuing their interest in aviation through EAA's Air
Academy and on-line Aeroscholars program. A significant number of
the early participants have since moved on to careers in aviation,
with former Young Eagles also enrolled in all collegiate aviation
programs throughout the country and at all of the nation's service