A plane that crashed near Tea, South Dakota yesterday, was part of a squadron of private pilots that touted the benefits of ethanol by flying airplanes that use it. Todd Eslick, a corporate pilot, and a 12-year-old were killed when the RV-8 experimental aircraft crashed on Sunday. Witnesses said the plane’s engine sputtered shortly before it crashed.
The Vanguard Squadron is sponsored by ethanol manufacturer POET.
It’s not known, however, if the plane that crashed was running on ethanol.
Update 4:17 p.m. – The plane did use ethanol for fuel, according to the Argus Leader.