Aircraft Collide Killing Both Pilots In
March 22, 2010 - On Saturday two small planes a single
engine Piper PA-32 and an RV-6 experimental home-built aircraft collided
over Levy County Florida near the Williston Municipal Airport about 85
miles north of Orlando at about 11:51 AM.
The pilot and passenger of the Piper aircraft have been
confirmed dead along with the pilot, a 73-year-old man of the RV-6
experimental home-built aircraft who has been identified as Lee Hanley
Sentman III, 73, of Summerfield. The identities of the pilot and
passenger of the Piper aircraft have not been released. The Piper PA-32
is is owned by Aro Wings LLC out of
Lee Hanley Sentman III was a professor and Director of the
Chemical Laser Laboratory at the
The Chemical Laser Laboratory that Sentman worked was
involved in developing the fundamental understanding of the fluid
dynamic, chemical kinetic and radioactive interactions that determine
the performance of continuous wave chemical lasers.
Levy County Sheriff's Deputies, EMS and Williston
Fire Department responded to the scene and discovered an experimental
small airplane upside down approximately 300 yards from the above
residence. Deputies confirmed that a 73 year old white male was deceased
in the experimental airplane. Upon further investigation a second
airplane a Piper PA-32 was discovered fully engulfed in flames
approximately 400 yards to the west of the experimental plane. The
Williston Fire Department extinguished the fire with water and foam and
discovered two unidentified bodies in the second airplane crash.
reveals that the experimental airplane left the Ocala Airport this
morning and the Piper PA- 32 left the Williston Airport. The two had a
mid air collision around 11:45 AM and the weather condition was sunny
with clear skies. The Emergency Management Community Emergency Response
Team (CERT) assisted at the scene which encompasses an area that is
approximately ? of a mile long and ? of a mile wide.
The Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six is a series of six or seven seat, fixed landing gear, light aircraft, that was manufactured in the
The Federal Aviation Administration investigators are also responding to assist in the crash. The flight plan and circumstances of the crash are unknown at this time. No identifications will be released until the next of kin are notified.
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