Sat, Jul 11, 2009
Clanton Pronounced Dead After Edge 540 Practice Session Goes
ANN regrets to report that airshow pilot Chandy Clanton, an
accomplished 36 year old airshow pilot, was reported lost at
the scene while preparing for a July 11th Tarkio Missouri Airshow
hosted by Congressman Sam Graves.
Clanton's monoplane went down in a bean field during the
practice session for a show the next day. Local law enforcement
reports that the accident occurred Friday afternoon near US Hwy 136
some 75 miles southeast of Omaha, NE. The airshow, the 'Wing Nuts
Flying Circus Fly-In' is scheduled for later today (Saturday) at
Gould Peterson Memorial Airport. By the time of this report, (0213
EDT, Saturday, 07.11.09), a spokesperson for the show reports that
the event is still scheduled to go on.
Clanton was a much celebrated member of the US Unlimited
Aerobatic Team, and flew at the 2003 World Championships in
Lakeland, Florida, where her bio reports that she was the youngest
female pilot. Clanton won the Programme Q flight at the 2007
Championships in Granada, Spain, and was also the only woman
named to the 2003 "Stars of Tomorrow" program where
she performed before hundreds of thousands of spectators at
EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh -- she was the only "Stars" performer
invited back for the 2004 and 2005 shows.
Sadly, Clanton leaves two young sons, Harrison and Drew. ANN
extends our condolences and prayers to them and the many friends
and family who are feeling her loss at this time.
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