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Local aviation community remembers two killed in accident Friday

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Friends lost > LANL employees lost in test flight near Española

By Tris DeRoma

The Los Alamos aviation community grieved the loss of two enthusiasts and friends this week, after they crashed in a small airplane near the Ohkay Owingeh Airport outside of Española Friday afternoon.  
Shortly after the tragic news swept through the local community, members started coming forward to share their thoughts about Thomas Spickermann, 47 and Karen Ann Young, 46.
Young and Spickermann were performing landing and takeoff maneuvers during a training flight when the plane went into a spiral and crashed.
The aircraft was a Remos GX fixed wing single engine “light sport” aircraft. According to initial reports, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have yet to release a preliminary report about what caused the accident.
One member of the local aviation community emailed a statement to members after the accident.


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