The cause of the 2019 plane crash that killed a veteran military pilot remains a mystery

MIDDLEBURG, Florida. – More than two and a half years after a small plane crashed in Clay County, killing a 72-year-old pilot, questions remain as to what caused him to hit power lines.

Investigators say the retired commercial pilot was killed on October 31, 2019, when his Van’s RV-4 plane crashed. News4JAX spoke with his family, who identified the man as Tim O’Laughlin. He was the only person in the two-seater plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board spoke to O’Laughlin’s son, who said his father wanted to catch a quick flight before his birthday party later that evening. In its report, the NTSB said it was unable to determine from the evidence why O’Laughlin’s plane hit the power lines.

He noted that the pilot suffered from several cardiovascular problems and was taking various medications, but added that “there were no autopsy results or radio communications” indicating that he had had a cardiac event. he was in charge.

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O’Laughlin learned to fly in the Navy, then flew commercially for various airlines, including Northwest Airlines and Delta, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The military veteran left behind a wife and son as well as numerous friends, who said O’Laughlin spent his free time doing flyovers and memorials for fallen veterans and pilots.

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