LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville pilot was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in Oneida, Tennessee, sources tell WDRB News.
The Aero Club of Louisville, based at Bowman Field, confirmed Saturday to WDRB News that the pilot killed in the crash was Jay "Flash" Gordon.
Wayne Hettinger, an organizer for Thunder Over Louisville, said in released statement, "We lost a dear friend and buddy today, while he was performing with his L-39 jet at an air show in Tennessee. Jay was a long time member of the Thunder Planning Team and Thunder pilot. As we mourn his passing, our prayers and thoughts are with Shirley and his children."
The Federal Aviation Administration confirms that an L-39 Albatros, fixed wing, single-engine aircraft crashed at 4:30 p.m. Saturday while participating in the airshow at Scott Municipal Airport in Tennessee.
According to the ‘Wings Over Big South Fork Air Show and Car Show’ website, that’s the same type of aircraft that Gordon was scheduled to fly this weekend.
The FAA says only the pilot was on board during the crash.
The FAA is investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause.
Gordon was a staple at Thunder Over Louisville. He flew his L-39 Albatros in the Kentucky Derby Festival event for several years.
Aimee Boyd, with Kentucky Derby Festival, said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of longtime performer Jay "Flash" Gordon tonight. He has flown in the Thunder Over Louisville Air Show for many years. More than a performer, Jay was a member of the Derby Festival and Thunder family. In recent years, his flying experience and engineering expertise have helped keep Thunder's air show going. His passion for flying and love of Thunder will truly be missed."