Two Fatally Injured In Wright 'B' Flyer Replica Accident | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 09.26.16

Airborne 09.27.16

Airborne 09.28.16

Airborne 09.22.16

Airborne 09.23.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 09.26.16

Airborne 09.27.16

Airborne 09.28.16

Airborne 09.22.16

Airborne 09.23.16

Mon, Aug 01, 2011

Two Fatally Injured In Wright 'B' Flyer Replica Accident

Veteran Pilots Aboard The Historic Replica Were Volunteers For The Organization

Two veteran pilots were fatally injured Saturday when the replica Wright "B" Flyer they were aboard went down during a test flight. One of them was a former president of the Wright "B" Flyer non-profit organization which had built the aircraft.

File Photo

The aircraft was the organization's "Silver Bird", which according to the non-profit's winter newsletter was set to begin flight tests "as soon as weather permits."

The Dayton Daily News reports that Authorities have identified the pilots as Don Gum and Mitchell Cary. Both lived in Greene County, Ohio and were members of the group's board of trustees. The paper reports that a witness said who lives nearby said he heard the engine cut off, then accelerate and backfire before it went down in in a field near the Clark/Greene county line at about 1100 local time. Authorities said that all-terrain vehicles were needed to reach the site.

The first person on the scene said the airplane looked as if it had "crumbled into itself." He called out to the pilots, but got no response.

The flight had originated at Beckley Municipal Airport in Springfield, OH, where all of the flight testing was taking place. It was about 25 hours into its required 40 hours of test flying, and had received an FAA certification for those flight tests last fall.

FMI: www.wright-b-flyer.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 09.26.16: SpaceX Accident Details, Bell V-247 'Vigilant', Blues Cancel

Also: Tracey Curtis-Taylor, RC Saab Gripen, Kodiak, Airbus Subsidies, Worcester Reg'l Airport, MedEvac Foundation, Predator-Series As promised, SpaceX is starting to reveal details>[...]

NBAA Mourns Arnold Palmer's Passing

Dedicates 2016 Convention To Golf Legend, Aviation Champion National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen Monday reflected with sadness on the passing Su>[...]

FAA Dedicates New Tucson Control Tower

New Tower Replaces Previous Facility Which Had Stood For 58 Years FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on Friday joined federal and local officials in dedicating the new, environmental>[...]

Airborne 09.23.16: GA Pilot Sues SFO, Drone Legalities, EAA Hall Of Fame

Also: Zenith Open Hangar Days, KSMO Nonsense, Recalled Devices, Piper M600, 800th TBM, NASAO, Commercial Space The pilot of the last piston airplane based at San Francisco Internat>[...]

Airborne 09.26.16: SpaceX Accident Details, Bell V-247 'Vigilant', Blues Cancel

Also: Tracey Curtis-Taylor, RC Saab Gripen, Kodiak, Airbus Subsidies, Worcester Reg'l Airport, MedEvac Foundation, Predator-Series As promised, SpaceX is starting to reveal details>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC