Pilot Of Downed T-6 Identified As Alabama Doctor | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 10.31.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.31.14 **
** Airborne 10.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.29.14 **
** Airborne 10.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.27.14 **

Mon, Mar 08, 2010

Pilot Of Downed T-6 Identified As Alabama Doctor

Aircraft Were Not Part Of Any Performance Team

The pilot of the T-6 Texan that failed to recover from a formation loop has been identified as Dr. H. Evan Zeiger, Jr, of Birmingham, AL.  Dr. Zeigler, 60, held a commercial pilot rating.

Family friend Dr. Joe Carnley told the Panama City News Herald that Dr. Zeiger and his wife, Peggy, vacationed in the area near the crash.  Mrs. Zeiger is believed to be the passenger in the accident, though medical examiners have not confirmed her identity.

Dr. Carnley also dispelled any idea that the T-6 was a part of an air show performance group. He explained that the aircraft owners were merely friends with a common interest flying together for fun.

Original Story: Some details have yet to be released but a North American T-6 Texan impacted in the Gulf of Mexico about a half mile from shore on Saturday. The warbird was seen flying as a part of a five-plane formation doing aerobatic maneuvers over the water.

Around 12:20pm the aircraft were observed flying just off the coast of Topsail Hill State Park in the Florida panhandle.  Witnesses report the aircraft impacted the water just after completing a loop.


File Photo of T-6s Flying in Formation


The Coast Guard reported two bodies have been recovered from about 50 feet of water.  The identity of those aboard, and any airshow team affiliation, have not been released.

12-year-old Claire Escobedo witnessed the incident and told the NW Florida Daily News that she was videoing the planes from the beach when the incident occurred. The 30-second clip has been turned over to investigators.

"I was just watching him with the camera and then he went into the water," said Miss Escobedo.  "We all got scared when he went into the water."

The T-6 is a nearly legendary single-engine low-wing retractable tail dragger used as a training aircraft during World War II and through the 1950's. The plane has been featured in several major films and is popular on the airshow circuit, both as an individual act and in airshow demonstration teams.

FMI: www.NTSB.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.29.14: Antares Launch Failure, GAMA Responds, Another 'Roadable'???

Also: Dragon Returns, Quadcopter Flown At Airliner?, Classic Aero-TV: Redhawk, Diesel Flt School Airplanes, WWII Bomber Found The unmanned Antares rocket built by Orbital Science C>[...]

Classic Aero-TV: ‘Have it Your Way!’ – The SPA Panther

A New Single-Seat SportPlane Shows Great Potential For Serious Fun While at the Sport Aviation Expo 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell stopped by to talk with Dan Wese>[...]

AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-07 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes>[...]

AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-10 PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.31.14)

Ex-MACs This group is made of retired McDonnell Engineers, most of whom began their careers at MAC either on the F101, F3H or F4H programs.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC