Tue, Jun 19, 2012
Three Were Aboard An Aircraft Intended To Seat Two
A Fathers' Day accident involving an ICA Brasov glider resulted in the fatal injury of all three people on board the aircraft.
Those on board were identified as 68-year-old Fred Blair, his 32-year-old wife Matilda, and her 3-year-old son Andrew. Investigators say the woman was likely holding her son in her lap in the reas seat in the aircraft.
Television station KPRC in Houston reports that NTSB investigators said the 200-foot-long tow rope for the aircraft either broke, or the glider was released prematurely by the tow plane pilot or Blair, who was flying the glider. The release came at about 75 feet of altitude, and the glider reportedly nose-dived into a field in Fort Bend County, TX.
FAA and NTSB investigators continued to work at the accident scene Monday. Officials said all of those fatally injured in the accident were related.
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