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UPDATED: Two killed in North Hampton plane crash; victims identified
Law enforcement and emergency responders inspect the scene of a private airplane crash that killed the pilot and a passenger Monday morning at Hampton Airfield. (MIKE LAWRENCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
A former U.S. Air Force and commercial airline pilot, Ingalls loved flying his Cessna as much as he and his wife, Muriel, enjoyed kayaking on Kingston Lake, bicycling along local roads, and working to protect the lake and open space, she said.
“He was that person who always came when you needed somebody...He was always there to help me. A boots-on-the-ground kind of guy,” she added.
Selectman Peter V. Broderick described Ingalls as "a real gentleman" who "worked very, very hard for the town."
"He was just a terrific guy," Broderick said.
State Rep. Kenneth Weyler, R-Kingston, remembered Ingalls as quiet and easy-going, with a strong devotion to his family and community.
"He was easy to know. Easy to get along with. This is just a tragedy. But it’s not one you would attribute to lack of skill," Weyler said.
Weyler, who is a retired Air Force and TWA pilot, said Ingalls was a highly skilled pilot who flew regularly.
“It’s just an awful tragedy,” said Dana Thurston, a pilot from Stratham who said he frequently uses the Seacoast airfield. “The guy was a good pilot and it was a solid airplane.”
Cote said the crash was not related to the annual Labor Day festivities at the airfield. It was the second Labor Day plane crash at the airfield during the last decade. Two Massachusetts residents were hurt when their Cessna crashed into a hangar in 2006.
The town of Kingston dedicated its 2013 annual Town Report to David Ingalls in recognition of his service to the town.
Ingalls often used his plane to perform aerial property inspections and served with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service, the selectmen said.
The airfield on Route 1 is home to numerous hangars and the café. A sign on the café door said Monday’s Labor Day festivities were scheduled to include a lobster feast and a “bomb drop,” in which passengers drop bags of flour at a target placed on the grass airstrip.
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