UPDATE: Lifetime member of Tyler's Historical Aviation Museum killed in Thursday plane crash

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:30am

UPDATE (Friday, 8:33am): The identities of the men killed in the Kaufman County plane crash on Thursday have been released by Texas Department of Public Safety.

The pilot of the plane was Carroll Noell Rather, 77, of Dallas. The passenger was Lee Fisher Floyd, 30, of Dallas.

According to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the men were performing a stunt in a L-29 Delfin, which is a vintage fighter jet trainer, when they hit the ground. The plane burst into flames upon impact. Both men were pronounced dead on the scene.

Rather, the plane's pilot, was a lifetime member of the Historical Aviation Memorial Museum near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

The plane involved in the crash had been housed in Tyler until 2009-2010. That's when Rather moved it to Lancaster, where he had built a hangar.

Rather is pictured at the top of this story, along with the plane involved in the crash. He  is the second member of the Historial Aviation Memorial Museum to be killed in less than five months.

In September, member Glenn Smith was killed in an Iowa plane crash.

"HAMM members are saddened by this latest loss of another one of its members", said museum authorities.

They also tell Fox 51, Rather was a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and an experienced pilot.

This photo, provided by the museum, shows the plane when it was on display at the museum in Tyler:


ORIGINAL STORY (Thursday): Two people are dead following a plane crash in Kaufman County this morning.

At 11 a.m., authorities were alerted to a privately owned plane that had wrecked with two people on board in the Scurry area. The aircraft was owned by an unnamed Dallas businessman, according to the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office.

The identity of both individuals has not been released at this time.

The aircraft is was an L-29 Delfin, which is a vintage fighter jet trainer.


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