Replica Wright Brothers' Plane Crashes, Killing 2

New replica built using modern parts, was just a month old
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2011 6:28 AM CDT
This model of the Wright brothers' Model B airplane crashed yesterday, killing both pilots.   (Wright B. Flyer Inc.)

(Newser) – A replica of the Wright brothers' Model B 1910 plane crashed in Ohio yesterday, killing both of its pilots, reports CNN. The plane, which was first launched in June, was built with a modern engine, materials, and controls, and was modified to make it easier to transport, but resembled the 1910 plane. The pilots, 73-year-old Don Gum and 65-year-old Mitchell Cary, had "extensive experience" flying replicas, according to the president of their nonprofit flying association. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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