Michael Hill, 68, whose two-seater T-67 Firefly crashed Oct. 24 near Randsburg, was on the ballot for one of two short-term positions on the Mojave Air and Space Port board of directors.
Also killed in the crash was Ilam Zigante, 27, of Lancaster.
As of Monday afternoon, incumbent David Evans and Hill, a challenger, were ahead in the race for the two seats, with 1,610 and 1,229 votes, respectively. In third place with 1,106 votes was S. JoAnn Painter, current president of the governing board.
The results are not yet final, said Kern County Elections Chief Karen Rhea, although it was unclear how many votes are outstanding in this small race.
"If he is elected," Rhea said of Hill, "the seat will be considered vacant."
The board could then appoint someone to fill the position, or call a special election.
Longtime Mojave resident Bill Deaver, who appears to be headed for a victory of his own in a separate race for a long-term seat on the board, said one possibility would be to appoint Painter, should she remain in third place.
If Painter is in agreement, Deaver said, "I'd certainly be willing to make that motion."
Hill, a former U.S. Navy test pilot, was the director of business operations and an instructor at the National Test Pilot School at the Mojave Air and Space Port, where the ill-fated plane was based. Flyers at the school are trained as test pilots for propeller-powered airplanes, jets and helicopters, according the nonprofit company's website.
- Source: http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com
Slingsby T67M-260 Firefly, N456FR, L'Avion Inc: Accident occurred October 24, 2014 in Ridgecrest, California
NTSB Identification: WPR15FA021
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 24, 2014 in Ridgecrest, CA
Aircraft: SLINGSBY T67M 260, registration: N456FR
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On October 24, 2014, about 0900 Pacific daylight time, a Slingsby T67M-260, N456FR, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Ridgecrest, California. The airplane was registered to L'Avion Inc., Mojave, California, and operated by the National Test Pilot School under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight instructor and passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight. The local flight originated from Mojave Airport (MHV), Mojave, about 0832.
Information provided by representatives from the National Test Pilot School revealed that the flight was part of the Flight Test Engineer training program and that the flight had the primary focus of spin training. Following a loss of radar and radio contact with Air Traffic Control, the wreckage was located by company aircraft.
Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted open desert terrain about 12 miles south of Ridgecrest. Wreckage debris remained within about 10 feet of the main wreckage. Vegetation, about 12 to 18 inches in height, located immediately to the left and right of the aft area of the fuselage appeared to be undamaged. All major structural components were located at the accident site. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.