Thanksgiving Fly-Past Ends Badly


Add the urge to show off and an unfortunately placed power line and you get a Thanksgiving tragedy a Mississippi family will never forget. As friends and relatives watched, Tim Mitchell, 38, flew a very low pass in his Cessna 195 over his home in Montgomery County. The plane’s landing gear hit the power line and the plane crashed, killing Mitchell and his nine-year-old son, Adam. “He was going to fly over the house so that all the other kids could see the plane,” Chastity Sawyer, one of the witnesses, told the Clarion-Ledger. Mitchell had taken other kids in the family for rides earlier in the day as part of the Thanksgiving festivities. The vintage Cessna crashed in the back yard of Mitchell’s inlaws’ house. Mitchell had been a pilot for about two years and flew for recreation, Sawyer said.