EAA Mourning the Loss of Chandy Clanton
July 13, 2009 — EAA and IAC are mourning the tragic loss of Chandy Clanton, aerobatic performer, who perished in a plane crash on Friday, July 10. She was 36.
Clanton, a member of EAA and IAC (Chapter 80) had been practicing about 75 miles southwest of Omaha, Nebraska, in preparation for a performance at the next day’s “Wing Nuts Flying Circus Fly-In” in Tarkio, Missouri. According to reports, her Edge 540 went down in a bean field. The FAA is investigating what caused the plane crash.
Clanton, who had two sons ages 7 and 10, became known to many EAAers in 2003 when performing as the only woman pilot in the Stars of Tomorrow, a group of six up-and-coming aerobatic pilots. She returned to perform in Oshkosh the following two years and was scheduled to fly in the Friday and Sunday air shows this year. She was also a three-time member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team.
Family and friends will hold a memorial for Chandy at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Messiah Lutheran Church. Read story and watch video.
Sign the Memorial Guest book at EAA's Gone West online.