Heat caused pilot's death

October 17, 2006|By Nicole Fuller

Stunt pilot Nancy A. Lynn died of exposure to heat after her plane crashed Saturday during an air-show performance, the Virginia medical examiner's office said yesterday.

Lynn, 50, who lived near Annapolis, died at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville late Saturday, about 11 hours after her plane crashed and caught fire at the Culpeper Air Fest.

Witnesses said Lynn was performing a stunt called a snap roll when her single-engine Extra 300 L Standard crashed on a grassy area on the north side of the airport's runway about 1 p.m., skidded a short distance and caught fire. Witnesses tried to pull Lynn from the wreckage.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to issue a preliminary report early next week on the crash. Its investigators said a final report will take up to a year to release.

Lynn's teenage son was announcing her stunts for the air show audience when her plane crashed, and calmed the crowd after the accident, according to Culpeper County Administrator Frank T. Bossio, who praised the young man's courage.

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