Wed, Aug 31, 2005
Coast Guard: He Had A History Of Risky Flights
The body of a man thought to have
crashed in his experimental amphibian Sunday morning was recovered
Tuesday from the waters off the North Carolina coast. He was one of
two people lost when the Seawind 3000 went down.
"He was such a free spirit with that plane (file photo of type,
below)," Kelly Holsten told the Wilmington Star-News. "I saw him do
several touch and go's in Banks Channel that just floored me. He
looked like he was a good pilot, but I will say that he definitely
had taken his plane to the edge. When I heard that the plane had
gone down I had a feeling that, that was the person. He was a
daredevil to say the least."
As ANN reported earlier, the aircraft went down in
the Atlantic near Wrightsville Beach on
Sunday. The body of a woman not yet publicly
identified was found near the wreckage Sunday afternoon.
The pilot, 56-year old Bracey Bobbit, a pharmacist who'd just
moved to the shore from northwestern North Carolina, was well known
to the local Coast Guard contingent.
"We received a number of complaints at different times," Petty
Officer James Lewis told the News-Star. He said most complaints
concerning Bobbit's flying centered on low altitudes. "We just
stopped him the 10th of August. We approached him when he landed,
but he was compliant with all our federal laws as a boat. We don't
have jurisdiction in the air."
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