SPRINGFIELD — A crash during the test flight Wright “B” Flyer’s Silver Bird caused the deaths of two local pilots Saturday morning.
Pilots Mitchell Cary and Don Gum were killed on impact shortly after they announced they were making a forced landing. The volunteer pilots were flying with Phil Beaudoin's nonprofit organization, Wright "B" Flyer Inc., which uses Wright replica planes to promote Dayton, Ohio, as the birthplace of aviation.
Federal investigators say an announcement of what likely caused the crash could take up to eight months.
Judges for the nationwide America in Bloom contest will be descending on Springfield Thursday and Friday to evaluate the city's landscape for a chance to be named the Best Blooming City.
two national experts in historic preservation and horticulture will be judging Springfield's community involvement aesthetics and heritage. Judges will look closely at the city's urban forestry, landscaping, environmental efforts, floral display and community involvement.