Crash Victim A British Photographer
A well-known British aviation photographer has been identified as the person killed in the crash of a Remos light sport aircraft at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla. on Sunday. Steven Fletcher was on assignment for Today's Pilot to do air-to-air photography of another Remos aircraft, which was taking off behind the crash airplane. The pilot of the downed aircraft, Mike Kostelac, is a sales representative for the company and remains in hospital in stable condition. Witnesses said the aircraft banked sharply before crashing on a ramp at the south end of the Sebring Airport.
Fletcher, 44, was from Baston, England and is survived by his wife and two children. He was an experienced aviation photographer. "He was a very popular aviation photographer who was very well respected, experienced and known throughout the world of aviation," said Paul Hamblin, group publisher for Key Publications, which owns Today's Pilot. "He had done this many times before and knew exactly what he was doing. He was working with the magazine's managing editor Dave Unwin, who is now working with the FAA and NTSB in the accident investigation.