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    Default Pilot killed in Small Plane Crash in Winter Haven Fla.

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    Thumbs down Not to be rude but .....

    Well after many years, I've finally decided to say something about this. It is really annoying, (when one browses the forums by using the New Topics or Today's Topics feature like I do) when you post the same article in different forums. I really wish you would pick the most appropriate forum and just post your story once instead of in 2 or 3 places.

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    Small plane crash in Winter Haven
    Friday, July 1, 2005


    A pilot died after his small plane crashed and burst into flames in Polk County Friday morning.

    Authorities said the experimental plane took off from Gilbert Field at about 9 a.m.

    Witnesses said the nose of the plane reached 200 feet, then flipped over into the grassy area by the airport. After the crash, the plane burst into flames.

    "It went around to the left, it went into a flat spin, went over the airport, and nosed right into the middle of a field," a witness said.


    This charred wreckage was all that was left of the plane.
    Witnesses said they tried to help, but it was too late. By the time anyone got to the plane, it was already engulfed in flames, with the pilot trapped inside.

    Employees of Gilbert Field said the pilot was a regular there, and was well-liked.

    The pilot, identified as J.R. Hooper, was an attorney from Orlando. He had planned to fly the plane to the Bahamas for a holiday weekend getaway with family members.
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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    BMI Investigator
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    The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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