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Illinois native loses his life in his third airplane crash

August 1, 2011, 08:19 am

John Morrison, a 73-year-old aviator from Aurora, Illinois recently lost his life when his plane went down in a cornfield shortly after taking off from Aurora Municipal Airport. Morrison had twice previously walked away from plane crashes.

The plane that Morrison died in was one of his own construction. "He built it himself," Kane County Sheriff Lt. Patrick Genglar said. "This was the first flight for that plane. He was just going up to give it its maiden voyage."

According to the Daily Herald, local authorities noted that Morrison was an experienced pilot who had a long history of flying homemade and experimental aircraft. The plane in which Morrison died, dubbed a Morrison E-Racer, was registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on May 31.

Shortly after taking off from the airport, Morrison began experiencing an unclear malfunction and requested permission from the airport to turn back and land, the FAA reports. After keeping the plane airborne long enough to avoid hitting a number of homes, Morrison clipped some power lines less than two miles away from his destination and went down.

There were 1,384 general aviation accidents in 2010, according to the FAA. Four hundred and fifty-three fatalities resulted from these crashes. Every pilot can financially support and protect his or her family in the event of a crash through a good pilot life insurance policy.

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