Saturday, October 13, 2018

Van's RV-8, N804RL: Fatal accident occurred October 12, 2018 near Culpeper Regional Airport (KCJR), Brandy Station, Virginia

Jon Thocker
Born: November 07, 1957
Died: October 12, 2018

Jon Steven Thocker, 60, of Cincinnati, OH passed away tragically on October 12, 2018 in Culpeper, VA, while pursuing his love and passion for aviation.

Born to Steven and Geraldine Thocker on November 7, 1957 in Lansing, MI; he graduated from Harry Hill HS and attended the Aviation Program at Lansing Community College. Jon fell in love with Deb in East Lansing and they married in June of 1982. They then moved to Cincinnati, OH two years later where they built their life together.

Jon is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Deborah (Giddings) Thocker, beloved children Alexander and Haley Thocker, loving mother, Geraldine Thocker, siblings Krisane Joslyn and Russ Thocker, many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Steven Thocker.

A celebration of Jon’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Waypoint Aviation Hangar at Lunken Airport - 4765 Airport Road, 45226.  Arrival and welcome at noon, a tribute flyover at 1PM, followed by a service/celebration at 2PM.  The celebration will be in an open-air hangar so please dress for the weather.  Carpooling is encouraged, and space will be available at the FBO for aircraft parking.

Jon touched many lives and cultivated countless relationships throughout his life.  The family looks forward to sharing his story with all of you on Tuesday.

Online condolences can be made at www.SpringGrove.org. Memorial donations can be made to the Jon Thocker Memorial Fund through any Fifth Third Bank location, at Paypal or Venmo.

Visitation
Location: Waypoint Aviation Hangar at Lunken Airport
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Additional Info: Waypoint Aviation Hangar at Lunken Airport, 4765 Airport Rd, Cincinnati 45226

Memorial Service
Location: Waypoint Aviation Hangar at Lunken Airport
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm

http://www.springgrove.org

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Crashed while maneuvering at night airshow.

https://registry.faa.gov/N804RL

Date: 13-OCT-18
Time: 00:26:00Z
Regis#: N804RL
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RV8
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: AIR SHOW
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: CULPEPPER
State: VIRGINIA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.




CINCINNATI —  The local air show community is in mourning this weekend after losing one of their own.

Jon Thocker, a Cincinnati pilot, was killed in a Virginia plane crash Friday night.

Thocker, who possessed a lifelong passion for building and flying experimental planes, was well-known not only around Cincinnati but all across the country.

According to Virginia State Police, his plane went down in a field in Culpeper County.

In a statement today, Public Relations Director Corinne Geller of the State Police said "The preliminary investigation revealed that an RVA Homebuilt aircraft was conducting aerodynamic maneuvers when it crashed into the ground. The crash occurred in a field in the 12,500 block of Beverly Ford Road in Brandy Station, Va., at approximately 8:10 p.m. The pilot, Jon S. Thocker of Cincinnati, Ohio, died at the scene. He was the plane's only occupant. The FAA and NTSB responded to the scene. No one on the ground was injured as a result of the crash."

In 2014, Thocker described to us his RV-8 planes like the one that crashed Friday night.

He built ten of them.

"So, I do air shows", he explained at the time. "Certified as a two-ship formation team, Redline Air Shows. And also for a larger team, Team Aerodynamics."

According to air show postings, Thocker and his partner, Ken Rieder, were each flying solo accompanied with pyrotechnic displays when Thocker's craft went down midway through the routine.

Friends spoke to us today about their their exceptional skill, passion for flying and professionalism.

Musician and pilot Rob Reider at an air show in Nevada told us he was heartsick by the news of his friend's death.

"When a friend of mine whose plane I used to fly sold the airplane, I thought my flying days were over," Reider said.

He described how Thocker and his partner encouraged him to give an RV aircraft a try. "Jon found an airplane for me. We flew to Scottsdale, Arizona. He inspected it, he test-flew it, we brought it back to Cincinnati."

Reider credits Thocker's mentorship, thoroughness and caring with bringing the joy of flying back into his life.

He further described how universally respected his work was.

"Jon and Ken had the rare opportunity of flying in formation with the Blue Angels," he said.

"It's a rare opportunity, a rare honor that the Blue Angels only afford to the best of the best."

Another friend and air show photographer Dianna Lantz-Power related how she is haunted now by a conversation with Thocker this past July.

"And he said I just hope that nothing, you know, I don't know what I would do if something happened to Ken, my partner. I don't know anything, I don't know what I would do if something, if kind of a tragedy happened to us," she recalled.

She had just returned home from helping Hurricane Michael victims in Panama City, Florida Friday when she got word about the tragedy.

"And I get the call that Jon had an accident," she said in a choked voice. "And I don't even know how to process it."

In every conversation with those who knew him, the words Jon and Ken, Ken and Jon were mentioned as if interchangeable. They've flown with Redline as a team for a dozen years.

We're told they were looking forward to featuring their new planes to close out the air show season and at the November 4th homecoming with the Blue Angels.

Both practiced with regularity at the Butler County Regional Airport. Tom Hogan, who has space in the hangar next to Thocker, told us his death is tragic and affects the entire aerobatic aviation community.

Thocker leaves behind a wife and family.

Lantz-Power and Reider both could hardly get through the recollections of recently seeing Thocker, pausing to collect themselves.

"I will always remember the way he greeted me," said Reider trying to steady his voice.

"The way he greeted me, he'd say hello Rob Reider. Every time. And smile."

He said Thocker's guidance and friendship meant the world to him.

Same with Lantz-Power, who said she is proud "to have shown the beauty of what they do through her lens, to have watched them live the dream they loved".

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wlwt.com


A pilot from Cincinnati died in a crash Friday during a performance at a Virginia airshow, authorities say.

The preliminary investigation revealed the pilot of an Van’s RV-8 aircraft was performing maneuvers at the Culpeper Air Fest when the plane crashed into the ground, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Culpeper Air Fest officials said the aerobatic act experienced an accident and emergency services at the scene were dispatched immediately, according to FOX5.

The crash occurred in a field in the 12,500 block of Beverly Ford Road in Brandy Station, Va., at about 8:10 p.m, according to Virginia State Police.

The pilot was identified by police Saturday as Jon Thocker of Cincinnati.

He was the plane’s only occupant and no one on the ground was injured as a result of the crash, said police.

Thocker was piloting with Redline Airshows based in Cincinnati and was a retired airline captain, according to the Redline Airshows website.

Thocker and pilot Ken Rieder were part of a two-ship formation performance aerobatic team that had performed at the Dayton Air Show and other air shows around the country.

Original article ➤ https://www.cincinnati.com


BRANDY STATION, Va. - The pilot of a small plane taking part in an air show was killed in a crash at Culpeper Regional Airport, authorities say.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Van's RV-8 aircraft crashed while the pilot was performing maneuvers at around 8 p.m. Friday.


"During the night portion of the Culpeper Air Fest an aerobatic act experienced an accident," the Culpeper Air Fest said in a statement. "Emergency services that were onsite were dispatched immediately and are currently at work on the scene. It is too early to release any specific details at this time as there is an ongoing investigation. The educational portion of the Culpeper Air Fest for tomorrow morning will continue as planned, and as we get more details on the investigation we will make decisions on the remaining portions of the airshow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved and we will update you as soon as we have further information."


Virginia State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board responded to the scene to investigate what caused plane to crash.

Police say they are still working on confirming the identity of the pilot.


According to its website, the Culpeper Air Fest is the largest annual event in Culpeper and features the world’s only privately-owned Harrier, aerobatic aircraft and vintage warbirds.


Original article ➤ http://www.fox5dc.com


One person died in a plane crash near Culpeper Regional Airport on Friday, according to Virginia State Police.

The small plane crashed around 8:10 p.m., Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are responding to the scene to investigate what may have caused the crash.

State police are still in the process of confirming the pilot's identification and notify next of kin. 

The accident took place as two Van's RV-8 planes were performing as part of a sponsor night air show as part of the Culpeper Air Fest, one plane crashed in the incident. The accident occurred at the south end of the airfield. 

The Culpeper Air Fest Committee provided an exclusive statement to the Culpeper Times.

"During the night portion of the Culpeper Air Fest an aerobatic act experienced an accident. Emergency services that were onsite were dispatched immediately and are currently at work on the scene," the statement read. "It is too early to release any specific details at this time as there is an ongoing investigation. The educational portion of the  Culpeper Air Fest for tomorrow morning will continue as planned, and as we get more details on the investigation we will make decisions on the remaining portions of the airshow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved and we will update you as soon as we have further information."

The Girls in Aviation program set for 8:30 a.m. at the airport Saturday morning is still scheduled to take place, with gates opening for the Air Fest at 9 a.m. Norm Laudermilch, Culpeper Air Fest Foundation Chairman said that the NTSB, FAA and Virginia State Police will meet with the Air Fest Committee Saturday morning to determine the whether the air show portion of the Air Fest will take place as planned. 

"We won't know until the morning for the flying portion," Laudermilch said. "We will let the public know via social media and our website."

In 2006, pilot Nancy Lynn was killed when her Extra Flugzeugbau GMBH 300, N168EX, crashed during the Culpeper Air Fest. 

Original article ➤ https://www.insidenova.com


A small plane crashed in Culpeper, Virginia, Friday night, during an air show, killing the pilot, authorities say.

Virginia State Police said the plane crashed just after 8 p.m. near the Culpeper Regional Airport.

The plane was doing an "aerobatic act" as part of the Culpeper Air Fest, organizers said in a statement.

The pilot didn't survive. No other injuries were reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

Organizers said the educational part of the Culpeper Air Fest will go on as planned on Saturday morning and that they would make decisions about the airshow as they get more details about the investigation.


Original article ➤ https://www.nbcwashington.com 



BRANDY STATION, VA -- The pilot of a small plane has died after a private plane crash near the Culpeper Regional Airport on Friday night.

Sky9 was over the scene around 9:15 p.m. where a small plane could be seen surrounded by emergency vehicles.

The pilot's identity has not been released at this time. The cause of the crash is unknown.

The Culpeper Air Fest is scheduled to take place in the area on Saturday. On Friday night, the air show announced that an aerobatic act experienced an accident during the night portion of the show.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

The Culpeper Regional Airport is located on Beverly Ford Road.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wusa9.com

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vans and their ancient ownership, as well as the lack of maintenance are good targets for these accidents. Happens all the time! Nothing to see here folks, move on! #HangItUp! Just do a search here for Vans or other experimental aircraft commonly involved in these accidents and the truth will be told. This has been going on for far too long! It's literally death by pos owners and operators.

Anonymous said...

Really? I expect more from readers of this site. stfu

Charlie said...

What... not all capital letters?

Anonymous said...

“Vans and their ancient ownership, as well as the lack of maintenance are good targets for these accidents. Happens all the time!”

Why don’t you take a powder and lie down for a while? Maybe your head will stop hurting!

Anonymous said...

Do not speak ill of the dead .. one fine day you will be joining them