December 5, 2013
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - The National Transportation and Safety
Board has released its preliminary report on the May 23rd collision
involving two planes in flight near Pryor Field.
Authorities say 41-year-old Steven Raddatz of Tuscumbia was
killed when his amateur-built Hazelwood RV-8 plane struck his
friend's plane in the air over the Decatur campus at Calhoun
The other pilot, 59-year-old B. J. Kennamore, landed his
experimental aircraft safely and survived with minor injuries.
The NTSB report says before departing the airport, both pilots
planned to preform maneuvers while spectators took photos, however
they did not pre-plan any formation flying.
Just before the crash, the left wing of Raddatz' plane struck
the right wing of the other plane, which had made a climbing turn,
the NTSB says.
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