Tue, Jul 06, 2010
Bodies Of Two People Found In The Aircraft
Authorities have recovered a portion of the wreckage of a T-6
which went down off the Florida coast Friday fatally injuring both
people of board the aircraft.
The NTSB said recovery crews have brought in everything from the
airplane except its wings and tail. All of the wreckage was taken
to the Coast Guard station at Destin, FL about 0400 Sunday
The Destin Log reports that Tim McDonald of Niceville, FL, was
flying the T-6 when it went down Friday shortly after noon. His
brother in law Tim Turner was also on board at the time of the
accident. The plane impacted the water about three-quarters of a
mile off the coast of Destin. Witnesses said the yellow T-6 failed
to recover from a loop and nosedived straight into the water. There
were reportedly two subsequent underwater explosions, but
divers found the plane largely intact but inverted on the bottom.
It took until Sunday for the weather to clear and seas to calm to
the point where the airplane and victims could be recovered.
The bodies of McDonald and Turner have been handed over to the
Okaloosa/Walton medical examiners office. McDonald reportedly held
a commercial pilot certificate and more than 1,700 hours in his
The accident is the second involving a T-6 in the region this
year. An AT-6 Texan went down in the Gulf of Mexico March 6th off
the coast of South Walton county, FL. That accident fatally injured
Dr. Herman Zeigler Jr. and his wife Peggy from Birmingham, AL.
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