Bucks County Herald

Doylestown pilot dies in Skytyper crash

Robert Cherry of Plumstead Township knew Johansen and had flown with him. Cherry did a story on the Skytypers and shot a photo of Johansen, his pilot for a 2009 event.

“A small vintage airplane that was part of a GEICO stunt team of five other planes crashed in a wooded residential area on Long Island, killing its pilot,” according to the Associated Press. The accident occurred on May 30.

AP continued, that the pilot, Kenneth Johansen, 52, of Doylestown, was the sole occupant on the plane, and no one on the ground was injured, according to police. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash involved an SNJ-2 aircraft, a World War II-era plane. Police described the plane as a North American T-6 Texan.

The pilot of the World War II-era Geico Skytypers plane was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the plane crashed and burned on a street lined on one side with houses.

A spokeswoman for Skytypers told AP that Johansen was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, naval aviator, professional airline pilot, and a husband and father of two children.


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