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Gone West EAA Chapter 245 Loses Comrade

Andrew Phillip

On Saturday, January 23, 2010, Andrew Phillips lost power on his RV-7A and went down into a wooded section near Madoc, a small town about 200 km southwest of Ottawa. Search and rescue personnel found the wreckage at 10:30 p.m. Andrew perished in the accident.

The flight started with Andrew and two buddies flying from Carp to Lindsay for the proverbial “$100 hamburger.” After lunch, they were returning to Carp when Andrew and his aircraft disappeared. Since they weren’t flying together, the other two pilots weren’t aware of any problem. When they tried to contact him on his radio and received no reply, they turned back to search for him. They then contacted Canadian Forces Base Trenton search and rescue.

Andrew loved his homebuilt RV-7A and enjoyed flying whenever he could. Chapter members and friends have lost a wonderful buddy and companion. Andrew is survived by his wife, Dawn, and two children. The Ottawa Sun published this story about the accident.

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