EVANSON JAMES W

WO1 James "Jim" W. Evanson was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 08/13/2022 at the age of 75.8 from A/C accident
Santa Fe, NM
Flight Classes 68-513 and 68-23
Date of Birth 10/18/1946
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 71 AHC in 68-69, 335 AHC in 70-71
Call signs in Vietnam RATTLER 12, RATTLER 22
This information was provided by Larry Ford - Newspaper

More detail on this person: PEORIA- The single-engine plane that crashed in Hanna City on Saturday had been in the air for nearly five hours, having left Santa Fe, N.M., earlier that day. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are continuing to investigate the accident that killed two people, a pilot and a passenger, on Saturday afternoon. But an initial report from the FAA says the aircraft "experienced engine issues. Attempted emergency landing on highway, striking powerlines." Killed were James and Lisa Evanson of Santa Fe, said Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood. James Evanson, 75, who was flying the plane, suffered severe and detrimental internal bleeding and multiple broken bones that were not sustainable in the short term, Harwood said. Andy Kravetz, Journal Star Mon, August 15, 2022 at 5:13 PM·3 min read PEORIA- The single-engine plane that crashed in Hanna City on Saturday had been in the air for nearly five hours, having left Santa Fe, N.M., earlier that day. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are continuing to investigate the accident that killed two people, a pilot and a passenger, on Saturday afternoon. But an initial report from the FAA says the aircraft "experienced engine issues. Attempted emergency landing on highway, striking powerlines." Killed were James and Lisa Evanson of Santa Fe, said Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood. James Evanson, 75, who was flying the plane, suffered severe and detrimental internal bleeding and multiple broken bones that were not sustainable in the short term, Harwood said. Illinois plane crash:2 dead after small plane crashes in Hanna City. His wife, Lisa, suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries that were not consistent with life and she died instantly, the coroner said. James Evanson was an accomplished artist who specialized in glass sculpture and functional art. Both he and Lisa Evanson were registered architects, according to an Evanson Studios website. A bio on James' website also says he served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, where he earned several honors including the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. FAA records show that the plane was registered to James, who had a commercial aviation license as well as a license for flying helicopters. The aircraft crashed about 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Illinois Route 116 and stopped outside of Gil's Supper Club. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said people heard the plane sputtering above KP's Wings and Fries. The plane navigated between vehicles on the roadway and landed onto Farmington Road, then struck a building on the north side of the road. Both had to be extricated from the plane. The plane, a Mooney M20K, was built in 1982. The M20 is "one of the most iconic light planes in history," according to Plane & Pilot Magazine, and has been in production for 70 years. The K model is a four-seater and has a 210-horsepower engine, according to Wikipedia.

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