Food City Corporate Helicopter crashes after Bristol Race

From Race Sponsor to Breaking News - Food City Corporate Helicopter Crashes

8/25/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Blog Photo - Food City Corporate Helicopter crashes after Bristol RaceAs Joey Logano celebrates his unprecedented sixth win this year in the Nationwide series prayers are needed for the executives of Food City.  Reports are sketchy at this time, but it has been confirmed that the Executive helicopter for Food City, the grocery chain that sponsored Friday night's race at Bristol, has crashed in South Holston Lake, in Washington County, VA.  Private boats have surrounded the crash site, trying to help in rescue efforts and dive teams were at the crash scene searching for survivors..  

It has been confirmed that Food City President, Steve Smith, was NOT on board the helicopter,but the crash site is close to his home on South Holston Lake. Executives and their families are on the scene, and at this time the names of those believed to be on board have not been released.

The rescue operation is expected to last through the night and into the morning, and no doubt will lend a somber mood to tomorrow's race.  Please pray.
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8/27/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

The body of Bill Starnes  was recovered today in about 80 feet of water using side scan sonar. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

8/27/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

The pilot, Bill Starnes, has not yet been found, and the search has been suspended until tomorrow morning at 7am.  The helicopter was apparently leaving Food City President, Steven C. Smith's home on the lake at the time of the crash, having just dropped him off.  Starnes is the company's chief pilot.

8/26/12   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

Oh man, what a tragedy. God bless the families of the victim.

8/25/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

The latest I have been able to find indicates that the pilot has not been found.  Very sad news for the Company and the racing community,  and of course,  for the family of the pilot.  My prayers are with the family, friends and everyone involved. 

8/25/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

From VA Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Conroy: The pilot was the only person on board the Food City owned helicopter. So far, the pilot has not been located.