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Death of fmr. State Rep. Gene Damschroder, Sr. (R-OH) (c1922-2008)

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  • D.J. Jones
    (First of two freak accident deaths on Sunday). Fmr. Rep. Damschroder died on 6/8/2008 in Fremont, OH along with 5 passengers on an airplane ride he was
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 9, 2008
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      (First of two freak accident deaths on Sunday).

      Fmr. Rep. Damschroder died on 6/8/2008 in Fremont, OH along with 5
      passengers on an airplane ride he was piloting.

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      Ohio plane crash kills 6, including ex-legislator

      FREMONT, Ohio (AP) -- A small plane crashed Sunday afternoon in a
      residential area and killed all six people aboard, including the
      pilot, a former state lawmaker who had offered joyrides to airport
      visitors after a charity breakfast.

      Gene Damschroder Sr., 86, was flying the fixed-wing, single-engine
      Cessna when it crashed about 1 p.m., the Ohio State Highway Patrol
      said. His five passengers also died in the crash in Sandusky County.

      "It was just kind of an accident. He was giving airplane rides. He
      always gives charity air rides," said Gene Damschroder's son, Rex
      Damschroder, who was not at the airport when the plane crashed.

      "Someone said they heard the engine sputter," he said. "The next
      thing we knew they were down in a field in a residential area."

      No one on the ground was injured, and no buildings were damaged,
      patrol Lt. Tony Bradshaw said. It was too early to tell what caused
      the crash. The National Weather Service said there was no severe
      weather in the area at the time.

      The Lions Club of Fremont on Sunday held a fly-in breakfast, inviting
      nearby pilots to fly to Fremont Airport and display their planes.

      After the event, Damschroder offered visitors a chance to go up in
      planes for the cost of fuel, according to a poster at the airport.
      The joyrides were not related to the Lions Club event.

      Authorities could not confirm that those on board had taken
      Damschroder up on his offer. Also killed were Bill Ansted, 62;
      Allison Ansted, 23; Danielle Gerwin, 31; Emily Gerwin, 4; and Matt
      Clearman, 25.

      Federal investigators were on their way to the crash site, Bradshaw
      said.

      Damschroder served in the state House from 1973 to 1983 as a
      Republican. Rex Damschroder later served the same seat from 1995 to
      2003.

      "He's been flying since World War II. He's been flying for sixty
      years," Rex Damschroder said. "He's been instructing daily and flying
      daily since World War II. Flying was his life."

      Gene Damschroder was a World War II pilot who bought his Cessna four
      decades ago. Federal records indicate he was a certified flight
      instructor and was licensed to fly both single- and multi-engine
      planes.

      "He's flown enough; this is puzzling," his son said.
    • Lawrence Kestenbaum
      ... Speaking of surprising accident deaths, I found out yesterday that former New York City mayor Stephen Allen was killed in the burning and sinking of the
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 9, 2008
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        On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 8:30 AM, D.J. Jones <fieldmarshaldj@...> wrote:

        > (First of two freak accident deaths on Sunday).

        Speaking of surprising accident deaths, I found out yesterday that
        former New York City mayor Stephen Allen was killed in the burning and
        sinking of the Hudson River steamboat "Henry Clay" in 1852.

        Larry

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