Blountville, TN Alan Kulwicki Dies In Air Crash, Apr 1993
KULWICKI AMONG AIR CRASH DEAD.
HELD WINSTON RACING TITLE.
By The Associated Press.
Blountville, Tenn. -- Investigators have begun probing the plane crash that killed Winston Cup defending champion ALAN KULWICKI and at least three others aboard.
The names of the dead were not immediately released, but various associates of the driver said there was no doubt that he was aboard the twin-engine turboprop. There were no survivors of the crash.
KULWICKI, 38, died Thursday night when the plane registered in his name crashed and burned while flying him here for Sunday's race at Bristol International Raceway.
One of the most popular drivers on the Winston Cup circuit, KULWICKI had signed autographs earlier Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn., 90 miles to the southwest, and then flew here.
The other victims were believed to be one or two pilots, the marketing director of a restaurant chain that sponsors KULWICKI and a relative of one of the chain's executives.
"Four people were in the plane" Sullivan County Sheriff KEITH CARR said early this morning. "It is our belief the deaths were instantaneous. It was a very traumatic crash."
He said the bodies had been taken to the Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City and would be held there for federal investigators.
CARR met with members of KULWICKI'S racing team for about 30 minutes, but said only that more information would be released at a news conference later today.
Aiken Standard South Carolina 1993-04-02
List of Casualties:
CHARLIE CAMPBELL, 48, pilot, of Peachtree City, Georgia.
ALAN KULWICKI, 38.
DAN DUNCAN, 44, Taylor, S.C.
MARK BROOKS, 26, Atlanta, Georgia.