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Dead pilot identified

January 29, 2001

Dead pilot identified



Authorities have identified the pilot killed in a crash about a week ago near Grafton, W. Va., as Richard Hemion, 68, of Mantoloking, N.J.

Trooper Wayne Vessels, of the West Virginia State Police at Grafton barrack, said members of the West Virginia Civil Air Patrol found the downed home-built Wittman Tailwind Model DN-1 Experimental Aircraft at about 3:30 p.m. in wooded hillside near Grafton.

Hemion crashed north of State Route 310 at Plum Run, near the Taylor-Marion county line, authorities said.

The Associated Press reported that Hemion was last heard from Monday afternoon, when he flew with a pilot of a Cessna 182 from around Belmar, N.J. to Point Pleasant, W.Va.

The pilot was taking the Wittman Tailwind, built in 1964, to a new owner in Point Pleasant, and was to return to New Jersey in the Cessna, according to the report.

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The two pilots became separated near Cumberland, Md., which started the search for Hemion on Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Vessels said there were no new details to report.

- Tara Reilly

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