Pilot killed in Caddo Parish plane crash

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 9:40am

Drivers witnessed a scary sight just north of Shreveport Wednesday afternoon as a small, private airplane crashed near a home killing the pilot.

Tommy Head was driving North on Hwy 71 when he saw the Europa experimental plane flying erratically.  "The plane was low, very low, and he was wobbling from side to side," he said describing the sight.  When Head noticed the plane flying unsteadily, he thought the pilot may have suffered a medical problem while flying.

The pilot, David Williamson, 71, from Bossier City, had just purchased the plane nearly a month ago.  He crashed among trees mere feet away from a home with no 'mayday' call, but what caused the plane to go down is still a mystery.

The compact crash site could add to the puzzle for investigators of how exactly this plane crash-landed.  The debris was pretty much contained in one area, and the plane appeared to have snapped in two pieces.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane in distress around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"We know that he left the downtown airport at 11:39 a.m., and he had spoke with the tower saying he was going to be flying VFR (visual flight rules)," said Cpl. Michael Vaitkus of the Caddo Sheriff's Traffic Safety Unit.  Williamson said he would be in the practice area about seven miles north of the airport.  He did not list a flight plan with the downtown airport, which is not required when flying VFR.

The FAA and the NTSB are now investigating why the plane crashed.


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