Neurosurgeon Dies In Plane Crash Off Florida Coast

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. -- A neurosurgeon has died after the plane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle. His passenger also was killed in the incident.

WKRG-TV says Dr. Evan Zeiger was flying a World War II era plane in formation with several other aircraft when the crash occurred Saturday.

The report says Zeiger came from Birmingham, Ala.

It says Coast Guard rescue crews found Zeiger, his passenger and the wreckage in water 50 feet deep. It does not identify the passenger.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Stephen Lehmann says the Walton County Sheriff's Office reported the crash at 12:45 p.m. Saturday near Miramar Beach.

The aircraft is reported to be a T-6 Texan trainer plane.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    you can't fix stupid. Get over the picture already. D.A.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    Someone lost a member of their family...and someone who dedicated his life to helping/healing others. And you are worried about the picture of the plane????
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2010 at 08:26 PM
    Omg nag nag nag
  • by WITN on Mar 7, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    We have removed the photo. Thanks.
  • by Big AL Location: Greene Co on Mar 7, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    It is the New Texan II T-6 It has been in the Air Force for about 10 years or more now. But I know the one you are talking about Gville and you are right now where near the original Texan!!!
  • by Joe Location: Greenville on Mar 7, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    That photo is of a Texan 2, a modern trainer. Try finding a picture of a T-6 texan from WW2 era. Pretty big difference.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Mar 7, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    Lighten up Gville, these people have to sort through hundreds of pictures every day. I'm sure they want to use licensed pictures (sometimes with permission) and they don't sweat the details. (they don't have time) If they delay, the story will be old news...then you'll complain that WITN is slow on the draw. Oh, and ummm, BTW, let's see...Low Wing, w/canopy, single prop, 2-seater, USAF markings...gee, it seems a lot like a T-6 Texan to me (albeit a more modern design). Is it just me or do I smell a nit-picker? This seems like a good report. I felt informed, not bored by details. I wouldn't have spent much more time reading it if it were longer. (To the person who edited this, good job!)
  • by Cameron Location: New Bern on Mar 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    It is a Texan, but its the new T-6 Texan II Trainer.
  • by piratepilot Location: GA on Mar 7, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    WITN, please do your homework before you post anything about airplanes. Yes, the plane you picked is a T-6 texan, but it is the newer trainer for the Air Force not the AT-6 Texan used in WWII for Army Air Corps Training.
  • by Gville Location: Gville on Mar 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    The photo is not of a WWII era aircraft, esp. not a Texan T6.
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