Westhampton, NY Racing Planes Collide, Jun 1995


Westhampton, N.Y. - Two small airplanes jockeying for position in the final lap of a race collided in flight, sending both hurtling to the ground in flames. One pilot was killed, the other critically injured.
The pilots were among four competing Sunday in a Formula V race, in which planes follow a 2 1/2 mile oval-shaped course marked by pylons. The planes race 50 to 150 feet off the ground at speeds up to 180 mph.
"One plane climbed up and hit the other plane, they were vying for position in the last lap .... There was a burst of flames," said Don Lewis, an eyewitness to the crash at Francis S. Gabreski Airport.
DICK GOODLETT, 51, of Louisville, Ky., was killed. The pilot of the other plane, CHRIS KALISHEK, 38, of Madison, Wis., was in critical condition with burns over 90 percent of his body.
The cause of the crash had not been determined.
The single-engine planes crashed about a half-mile from spectators at the Wings Over Long Island show.

Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania 1995-06-17