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.
News stories provided by third parties are not edited by "Aircraft Maintenance Technology" staff. For suggestions and comments, please click the Contact link at the bottom of this page.
The fatality was the airport's third since people began arriving for AirVenture.
Union County (OH) Crash; Plane Spirals into Field, Killing Two Men; Aircraft's Builders were going Home to Florida
Federal Aviation Administration and the State Highway Patrol are investigating what might have gone wrong
76-year-old Bill Scheltema has won two awards, at Experimental Aircraft Association Air Venture Oshkosh in Wisconsin last summer and the Sun n' Fun Fly-In competition in Lakeland, Fla.
Two small planes collided in mid-air Sunday morning before the start of the Illinois Valley Air Show, killing one of the pilots.