Investigation begins into cause of sudden crash of homemade aircraft in P.E.I.

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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - The pilot killed Saturday when his homemade plane spiraled down into a Prince Edward Island farmer's field has been identified as 70-year-old Thomas Capstick, a long-time aviator and former airport employee.
Police confirmed that Capstick was at the controls of an open cockpit plane that crashed near the Slemon Park airfield, northwest of Summerside.
RCMP Sgt. Denis Morin says, "it's a tragic loss for his family, the city of Summerside and the aviation community of Slemon Park."
Capstick is listed on the Slemon Park website as the airport manager, but his friend, Dick Lubbersen, the manager of a commercial aviation firm, said Capstick had retired from his role just days before the fatal crash.
Lubbersen says he witnessed the crash as his aircraft flew above Capstick's. He says there was a brief radio transmission and then the veteran aviator seemed to lose control of the Spezio Tuholer.
Morin says that Transport Canada is investigating to see if there was a mechanical problem, and the coroner is attempting to determine if there was any medical problem that occurred before Capstick lost control.

Organizations: RCMP, Transport Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, SUMMERSIDE, Slemon Park

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