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Three Civil Air Patrol members dead in crash


Three members of the Civil Air Patrol died when their Piper Cherokee Six crashed shortly after takeoff in Mississippi Tuesday. The three men, who were not in a CAP aircraft, were on their way to an FAA safety meeting but were not flying an official CAP mission. The victims were Col. John E. Tilton Jr., Lt. Col. David Williams, and Capt. William C. Young. The plane departed Hawkins Field Airport near Jackson, Miss., for a 30-mile flight to Raymond, Miss., but it crashed into a house near Hawkins Field. No one on the ground was injured, and the NTSB has not released a preliminary report yet. Tilton previously flew helicopters for the U.S. Navy, while Williams had experience flying F-101 fighters for the Air Force. Both Williams and Young were also CFIs.