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News Article - June 21, 2008

SECOND PLANE CRASH OF WEEKEND KILLS TWO  
  TRENTON Two people died when their small, home-built airplane crashed in Cumberland County this morning. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said the craft, registered and classified as "experimental," crashed shortly after takeoff from Millville Airport in Cumberland County at 8:01 a.m. The plane went down in woods "a half-mile northwest of the airport for unknown reasons," she said. Both people on board the L-29 Delfin were killed. Authorities said the plane sustained significant damage. The FAA is investigating. The names of the dead have not been released.

   Baker said she did not know the weather conditions at the time of the crash. However, the National Weather Service is forecasting rain and thunderstorms with high winds for the area. An Atlantic City police officer and his wife were killed Friday night when their home-built stunt plane crashed in Cape May County. That plane, a single-engine F1 Rocket, slammed into the ground, littering the roadway with debris. The 37-year-old pilot, Dennis McGurk, who had built the plane, and his wife, Oksana, 34, were both killed in the crash. The craft had taken off from Woodbine Municipal Airport, six miles from the crash site. Baker said the two accidents in home-built planes 36 hours apart was an unfortunate coincidence.

Source - Courier Post



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