Ercoupe Down, Pilot lost, 5/15/20

18 May 2020 07:00 #1 by Matt Gunsch
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HAWKINGS COUNTY, Tennessee (WCYB) — A Ercoupe 415-CD aircraft clipped a tree and crashed in the yard of a home in the Surgoinsville area of Hawkins County.

The crash happened around 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

Investigators say the aircraft was on approach to Hawkins County Memorial Airport when the accident occurred.

The pilot was the only person onboard. The victim’s family has identified the pilot as 83-year-old James Summers of Kingsport .

They say the airport notified them that his plane went down and families rushed to the scene.

Witnesses say it was a fiery crash, with the plane landing in the front yard of a house.

Family members shared a photo of Summers with News 5. They say he has been flying all of his life, starting in the U.S. Air Force.

Summers spent his career working for Eastman in Kingsport. He lived in Kingsport all of his adult life.

He also has family members who live in Wise County, Virginia.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

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