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Sport Plane crash deaths of pilot, NASCAR driver ruled an accident

20:02  04 november  2017
20:02  04 november  2017 Source:   ap.org

Small plane crashes near Maryland interstate; no one hurt

  Small plane crashes near Maryland interstate; no one hurt ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Authorities in Maryland say no one was hurt when a small plane crashed on an interstate exit ramp near the state capital.Maryland State Police say the plane, with three people on board, took off from Tipton Airport in Fort Meade, Maryland, about 3 p.m. Friday.Troopers say the pilot reported he was losing power and saw smoke coming from the engine compartment. Police say the pilot made an emergency landing along Interstate 97 near Annapolis, Maryland.Anne Arundel County Fire Department officials say paramedics checked the pilot, 32-year-old Christopher Curry of Odenton, Maryland, and his two minor sons.

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled the deaths of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and an 81-year-old pilot in a Connecticut plane crash as accidental .

(AP) - A medical examiner has ruled the deaths of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and an 81-year-old pilot in a Connecticut plane crash as accidental . The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause.

A detailed view of a decal commemorating Ted Christopher, a former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver who was killed in a plane crash, on the #14 Haas Automation Ford, driven by Clint Bowyer (not pictured), during practice for the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 22, 2017. © Chris Graythen/Getty Images A detailed view of a decal commemorating Ted Christopher, a former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver who was killed in a plane crash, on the #14 Haas Automation Ford, driven by Clint Bowyer (not pictured), during practice for the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 22, 2017.

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. -- Officials have ruled the deaths of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and an 81-year-old pilot in a Connecticut plane crash an accident.

The medical examiner's office said Thursday the September deaths of 59-year-old Christopher and the plane's pilot, Charles Dundas, were caused by blunt trauma. A toxicology report was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Dundas and Christopher were the only two aboard the plane when it crashed in North Branford, right outside of New Haven. A report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the two had been flying together for over 10 years.

The plane took off from Plainville and was bound for New York's Long Island.

The NTSB is still investigating the cause.

Christopher had 131 wins, 109 SK Modified wins and nine SK Modified track championships during his career.

To wreck or not to wreck: How far would drivers go for that final championship berth? .
Nobody wants to be the jerk to come out and say, "Yeah, I wrecked him once and I'll wreck him again."Let's face it. Nobody wants to be the jerk to come out and say, "Yeah, I wrecked him once and I'll wreck him again." That's a bad look, especially so for anyone competing for a NASCAR championship.

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