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Bombardier Releases Names of Crew Members in Challenger Test Crash.

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WICHITA, Kansas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 11, 2000


The identities of the members of the flight test crew of a Bombardier Challenger developmental aircraft involved in the accident at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport on Tuesday afternoon have been released.

Fatally injured in the accident were Experimental Test Pilot Bryan Irelan, 33 and Flight Test Engineer David Riggs, 48, both of Wichita. Experimental Test Pilot Eric Fiore, 43, also of Wichita, remains in hospital. All three of the crew members are U.S. citizens.

"These crew members are part of our Bombardier family. They are our friends and colleagues and we are deeply saddened by this event," said Pete Reynolds, Bombardier Aerospace's Vice President of the Flight Test Centre. "They all possessed a strong commitment to ensuring the safety of our products and our customers. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and with Eric."

Bryan Irelan joined the company's Business Aviation Services as a Production Flight Test Pilot at the Completion Center in Tucson in July of 1995. He transferred to the Bombardier Aerospace Flight Test Center in Wichita in May of 1999. An experienced corporate pilot prior to becoming a test pilot, he began flying professionally in 1990.

David Riggs began his career with Bombardier's Canadair business unit in October of 1990. He joined the Bombardier Aerospace Flight Test Centre in September, 1995. He had previously served as a Senior Flight Test Engineer and as an Engineering Flight Analyst. His professional flight test career spanned more than 16 years.

Eric Fiore, who remains in hospital, came to Bombardier Aerospace's Flight Test Centre in February of 1999 with experience as an Engineering Test Pilot. He is a former military fighter pilot and instructor. He was recognized last year by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, who presented him with the annual Tony LeVier Flight Test Safety Award.
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