Aerobatic Performer Nancy Lynn Dies After Crash
Nancy Lynn, 50, an aerobatics instructor and performer who lived in Annapolis, Md., died in a Virginia hospital this weekend after an air show accident in her Extra 300L. Lynn was performing at Culpeper Regional Airport while her son, Pete, 18, narrated the show from the announcer's stand. The Extra's left wingtip hit the ground, and the aircraft flipped, crashed and caught fire. The airport manager, Frank Bossio, suffered burns to his hands when he attempted to turn the plane on its side. Rescuers were able to cut Lynn from the cockpit and took her to a hospital, as Pete returned to the announcer's stand to reassure the crowd before going to join her. She died later that night.
Lynn was also a motivational speaker and worked with AOPA's Air Safety Foundation (ASF), teaching seminars, appearing in training videos and speaking to crowds at AOPA Expo. "We shall miss her greatly, and our deepest sympathies go to her son, Pete, and the rest of her family," said Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the ASF. Lynn operated Lynn Aviation at Bay Bridge Airport (W29) on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where she offered aerobatic instruction in her Extra 300L.