10 minutes later, my phone blew up.
“Was it you?”
“Was that your plane that crashed?”
I appreciate their concern, but it was a Piper, and I fly a Cessna.
Sadly, the dude in the crashed Comanche died.
Eyewitnesses (One of my instructors from my flight school was on final and one of the A&P guys who take care of my airplane was driving up as it happened) said he had just taken offon rwy 9 and he turned to the left sharply a couple hundred feet up before diving into the ground. I’m guessing departure stall….but I really don’t know for sure.
Winds were variable (but more or less easterly-ish) at about 8 knots, so that’s likely not the cause.
A Comanche is a lot of airplane for a pilot who had just gotten his license 3 months or so earlier.
My prayers for his family.