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Former AC pilot killed at Reno Air Show crash

Sept. 19, 2011, Toronto - A former Air Canada pilot and his wife were among the nine people who were killed at a Nevada air show on Friday.

September 19, 2011
By The Canadian Press

Sixty-year-old George Hewitt and his 57-year-old wife Wendy were with other plane enthusiasts when they were killed at the Reno air show.

Hewitt spent his entire adult life flying planes — and died as a spectator when a World War Two-era fighter plane crashed into a seating area.

Hewitt is reported to have flown for Air Canada for 40 years, retiring just over a year ago as a captain of a Boeing 7-77, and moving to Arizona.

His brother, Wayne, says he remained an enthusiastic pilot after his retirement.


The Hewitts are reported to have four children, all living in British Columbia.