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Historic Flight Foundation founder injured in plane crash


Last updated 8/15/2018 at Noon

John Sessions, the founder of the Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field, was involved in a crash at a B.C. air show.

Sessions was flying a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, a 1930s-era biplane, with four other passengers shortly after the Abbotsford International Airshow ended on Saturday, Aug. 11, when the plane crashed shortly after taking off.

In a press release from the Abbotsford International Airshow, the crash occurred around 5:30 p.m.

According to the release, all five people on board were taken to the hospital. Three had non-life threatening injuries; one was in serious condition, and one was in critical condition. Jadene Mah, the media contact for the air show, said Sessions was the one in critical condition, but was stable before midnight on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the Historic Flight Foundation gave a brief update as well.

“John Sessions, the founder of Historic Flight Foundation, was flying four passengers on a membership ride following the Abbotsford Air Show on Saturday,” she said. “ The historic de Havilland Rapide airplane crashed shortly after takeoff. We do not yet know what caused the accident. Thankfully, John and all four passengers survived, most with minor injuries. John and one passenger remain in the hospital.”

Luckily, all first responders were still on-site as the show had just ended.

“We want to give our thanks to the first responders who were still on-site,” Mah said. “They responded immediately – within a minute. We also want to give our well wishes to all the passengers involved, and wish them a speedy recovery.”

The Transportation Safety Board is conducting a crash investigation,according to the Abbotsford International Airshow..

The airport remained closed until 9 p.m. Saturday, and the show proceeded as scheduled on Sunday.

Sessions started the “John T. Sessions Historic Aircraft Foundation” in 2003, later renamed the Historic Flight Foundation.

The Historic Flight Museum opened on March 5, 2010.

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