Friend: Texas plane crash victim won flight

12/14/2012

Family and friends are mourning the death of a 30-year-old Dallas-area man who won the chance to fly in a plane that crashed in North Texas.

A family friend of Fisher Floyd says that Floyd won at an auction the chance to fly in a single-engine L-29 Delfin plane with 77-year-old Noell Rather, an experienced former commercial pilot.

Neither Floyd nor Rather survived the crash Thursday morning in Kaufman County near Scurry, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas.

The newspaper reports Floyd attended high school in Highland Park, an enclave within Dallas' city limits. He has two young sons, ages 1 and 2.

A friend of Rather's says he spent years restoring the Soviet-era plane he was flying Thursday.


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