Pilot Fatally Injured In Rutan Defiant Accident | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-

Airborne Unlimited-

AMA Drone Report-

Airborne Unlimited-

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited-02.11.19

Airborne Unmanned-02.12.19

Airborne Unlimited-02.13.19

AMA Drone Report-02.14.19

Airborne Unlimited-02.15.19


Airborne Unlimited-02.11.19

Airborne Unmanned-02.12.19

Airborne Unlimited-02.13.19

AMA Drone Report-02.14.19

Airborne Unlimited-02.15.19

Sat, Jul 14, 2018

Pilot Fatally Injured In Rutan Defiant Accident

Plane Went Down Near Plainville, CT

The pilot of a Rutan Defiant experimental airplane was fatally injured last Thursday when the plane went down in Plainville, CT.

The pilot has been identified as 67-year-old Donald Eckberg of Burlington, CT. Television station WTIC reports that he had departed from Robertson Airport (4B8) in Plainville. VFR conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and winds were minimal, according to the report.

Television station WVIT reports that Eckberg had built the airplane with a friend, Richard Marr. Marr said that Eckberg was a very careful pilot.

The plane went down near some condominiums in the area. Several residents reported that they heard a low-flying airplane and then the sound of impact with terrain. Lt. Nicholas Mullins of the Plainville Police Department said that Eckberg was ejected from the airplane on impact. “We had an officer who arrived first on scene right back here. He had to hop a fence and run up there and he saw that the pilot was ejected from the plane,” he told WTIC.

According to Wikipedia, the Rutan Defiant is a twin-engine, four-seat airplane with a pusher-puller configuration. The prototype first flew in 1978.

The plane received its airworthiness certificate in 2003. Eckberg's current private pilot certificate was issued in 2012. The pilot was also a licensed experimental aircraft builder and repairman.

(Image from file. Not accident airplane)

FMI: Original Report, Original report


More News

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.17.19)

"I am excited to lead the Air Force Association and absolutely dedicated to supporting AFA's mission of promoting a dominant Air Force and a strong national defense. General Spence>[...]

ANN FAQ: Getting The Word Out

Things To Know When You Send A News Release Aero-News gets hundreds of releases every week, ranging from industry giants like Boeing and Cessna to the smallest of flying clubs and >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.19): Ground Communication Outlet (GCO)

Ground Communication Outlet (GCO) An unstaffed, remotely controlled, ground/ground communications facility. Pilots at uncontrolled airports may contact ATC and FSS via VHF to a tel>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.19)

Aero Linx: Cloud Nine Rescue Flights Cloud Nine Rescue Flights aims to eliminate the euthanasia of pets in the United States and provide aid to animals worldwide. We do this by pro>[...]

Bell 407GXi Certified In China

Allows For Deliveries To Begin Immediately The Bell 407GXi light single helicopter has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Outfitted>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2019 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC