Tue, May 10, 2011
Smoke Reportedly Filled Ravin 500's Cockpit Before The Airplane
A 70-year-old man and his 54-year-old daughter were fatally
injured Saturday when the homebuilt airplane they were flying went
down shortly after takeoff from Lone Star Executive Airport in
Ravin 500 File Photo
Authorities believe the two people on board the airplane when it
went down were Elzie Warren and his daughter, Phyllis Ridings.
Autopsies are still being performed for positive
The aircraft is reported to have been a Ravin 500 built by and
registered to Loyd Woodward of Girard, TX, according to television
station KTRK. Woodward was not thought to be on board at the time
of the accident.
Warren and Ridings were flying to Temple, TX, for an airshow.
The pilot reported the cockpit filling with smoke and declared an
emergency. The two were attempting to return to Lone Star Executive
when the plane impacted the ground and exploded. The plane went
down in a heavily wooded area, and the Texas Forest Service had to
bulldoze a path to the accident scene.
Fox News reports that the two had been involved in a previous
incident in which an in-flight engine fire caused by a worn fuel
line forced them to make an emergency landing in a Texas hayfield.
All three people on board the aircraft walked away from that
accident, which involved a different airplane.
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