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.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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