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Josh-D. S. Davis

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Sad occurrence
Pilot, Aviation
This is very disappointing. I flew with Greg 9 times in 2008. I just found out that one of my early flight instructors died last month, along with a 15 year old student.

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20100123X64746&key=1

Searching more about it, it looks like a flashlight was left in the tail's control section, most likely during a maintenance inspection. The flashlight eventually wedged the controlls and they ended up in a nose down spiral before crashing in Ellis county about 3 miles from the airport.

A retired FAA inspector interviewed on Channel 8 news demonstrated hypothetically what could have happened, and that the maintenance logs should show who the mechanic was.

NTSB crash labs is examining the tail and the flashlight were being analyzed for their scratch patterns, etc.

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That's really sad. I'm sure he was a fantastic instructor and it's so unfortunate that a seemingly freak accident took their lives. It's also a good reminder to the rest of us that no matter how much experience you have accidents can and do happen.

Also, the student only had 3 hours logged. He must have been terrified. Poor parents. :( :(

He was good at showing how to be comfortable with the plane, and he expected his students to work really hard. He was also just a pretty good guy. He tried to be social and relaxed as much as possible, but tried to be aware of the comfort limits of others. When in the plane, it was all seriousness.

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