Goliad man dies in plane crash in Ranger

June 23, 2011 at 1:23 a.m.

Goliad resident Lynnwood Weiss and Richard Reeb, of Ranger, died Wednesday afternoon in a plane crash at Ranger Municipal Airport, according to Jared Calvert, airport spokesman.

Calvert said the crash occurred about 1:35 p.m.

Reeb was test flying a 2002 Spitefire Ultralight with Weiss, who was considering purchasing the aircraft.

"It looks like it was a textbook 'departure stall,'" Calvert said.

If the airplane goes below a safe flying speed, there is not enough air going over the wings, causing the plane to stall. When one wing stalls before the other, it sends the plane into a spin which is harder to recover from at lower altitudes Calvert said.

The 2002 Spitfire Ultralight flown by Weiss and Reeb, crashed nose first, resulting in a post-crash fire Calvert said.

Quoting from a 1920s aviation bit of wisdom, Calvert said, "Airplanes aren't inherently dangerous; they just aren't as forgiving as other forms of transportation."

Calvert said the plane crash was avoidable.

"People don't need to be afraid of airplanes. Both fatalities were pilots, and they should have known better through training," Calvert said.

A Federal Aviation Administration investigation into the cause of the crash is expected to begin soon, Calvert said.

Calvert also spoke with the family, who he said is very distraught over their loss.



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