A preliminary crash incident report from a fatal plane crash at the Starke County Airport in Knox on July 29 has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
A plane flown by James A. W. Evans III of Stafford, Va. was the fourth in a series of five planes that were flying from Fredericksburg, Va. to the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure fly-in in Wisconsin. A stop at the Starke County Airport was planned for refuel, but was not part of an official flight plan or log. The pilots were going to stay the night near Knox and continue their journey the following day.
The pilot whose single-engine plane crash landed at the Starke County Airport north of Knox Monday afternoon died of massive blunt-force trauma, according to the initial autopsy report. James A.W. Evans III, 68, of Stafford, Va. was en route from Virginia to Oshkosh, Wis. and was apparently stopping for fuel when his plane crashed at the south end of the runway around 3 p.m.. He suffered massive head, neck, chest and internal injuries, according to Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells, who says a final autopsy report will be made after histology and toxicology tests are complete.
The pilot of the single-engine plane that crash landed at the Starke County Airport Monday afternoon has been identified. James A.W. Evans III, 68, of Stafford, Va. appeared to die instantly, according to Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells. An autopsy is scheduled later today to confirm his cause of death. Evans was en route from Virginia to Oshkosh, Wis., stopped in Knox for fuel and crashed at the south end of the runway around 3 p.m.. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.