Tue, Jul 05, 2011
Witnesses Say There Was "No Indication" Anything Was Wrong With
An 84-year-old pilot was fatally injured Saturday morning when
the Sonex he was flying went down shortly after takeoff for reasons
that are not yet clear.
The pilot, Ed Noble, had flown for Epps Aviation following a
stint in the Navy. The Rome, GA, News-Tribune reports
that Noble lived in DeKalb County is suburban Atlanta, GA, but kept
the airplane at Tom B. David airport (KCZL) in Calhoun, GA
northwest of Atlanta. There is reportedly an established homebuilt
and experimental community at the field with more than half the
aircraft based there falling into that category.
Witnesses said the airplane was at an altitude of about 800-1000
feet when it went down. Noble reportedly did not make any mayday
call, or indicate there was any problem with the airplane,
according to the Times Free Press of Chattanooga, TN.
Another witness said he heard a sound "like a big aerosol can going
off in a fire," according to the News-Tribune.
Noble was said to be well liked and respected at the airport,
and stayed active, playing tennis as many as four days a week.
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