Oregon WWII veteran pilot dies in small plane crash

REDMOND, Ore. (AP) — A World War II veteran pilot has died in a small plane crash in Central Oregon.

The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reported that 87-year-old Sheldon Arnett died Friday when his Piper PA-24 Comanche pitched up, rolled and hit the ground at Redmond Airport as he was taking off on a flight to Burns.

Arnett began flying more than six decades ago as a 20-year-old pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps.

When the war ended, he started a family and found success in several businesses in Central Oregon.

The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating. It was the first fatal crash at the airport since 1978.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com


 

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