Man Dies in Crash of Home-Built Plane

A Spring Branch man died after his home-built airplane crashed at an airport about 27 miles outside Corpus Christi.


A Spring Branch man died after his home-built airplane crashed at an airport about 27 miles outside Corpus Christi.

Scott James Schilleci, 45, crashed his single-engine airplane at the San Patricio County Municipal Airport, just west of Sinton, around 8:40 a.m. Monday, said Tela Mange, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Schilleci had made two passes over the runway before crashing at the east end, Mange said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The area was under heavy fog at the time of the crash, officials said. Schilleci's aircraft was an RV-6, a home-built model with two seats. The low-wing planes are sold in kit form by Van's Aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.



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