Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cookeville Man Killed In Florida Plane Crash

A Cookeville man has died while performing at an air show in Florida. Authorities say a single-engine stunt plane broke formation during the airshow in Flagler County, Florida and crashed, killing the pilot. Carl Laundrie, a spokesman for Flagler County, told The Florida Times-Union that the crash happened Saturday afternoon. The Florida Highway Patrol identified the pilot as 58-year-old William Walker of Cookeville. Walker was flying a Yak-52, which was originally designed as a Soviet warplane and now is popular at airshows. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash. Walker, who was also a local real estate developer, was flying with his Red Thunder Air Show Team. Witnesses said his aircraft failed to pull up from a maneuver and crashed in a ball of fire. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. The Wings Over Flagler Fly-In continued Sunday with fly-overs but no aerobatics.