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Wilson Doctor Dies In Florida Plane Crash

Posted October 7, 2002 4:44 a.m. EDT

— A Wilson doctor was killed when his experimental plane crashed after takeoff from a small Florida airfield.

Scott Bowers, 48, was on his way back to Wilson, when his rear engine, propeller-driven Velocity plane went down Saturday near Valkaria Airfield in southern Brevard County, about 60 miles southeast of Orlando.

"This was a plane that he actually purchased a kit for back in late 1995, early 1996. He had sent it down to Florida to be finished up and become air-worthy," said Jimmy Thompson, Bowers' friend. "He was real excited about going Friday afternoon and picking it up and getting it back home."

Jim Tedrow of Merritt Island was playing golf at the Habitat Golf Course when he saw the plane in trouble. He said the plane was inverted and nose high before it stalled and dove behind some bushes.

"It sounded like, from what I could hear, that he gunned it, and then backed off (the power)," said Tedrow, a retired commercial pilot and former Air Force pilot.

Bowers' office is still open with other doctors helping his patients. Thompson said Bowers would have wanted it that way.

"We had a meeting this morning here at the office. Everyone was upset, but we all talked through it and decided what Dr. Bowers really would like us to do is carry on with our lives," Thompson said.

Bowers is survived by his wife, his son and his daughter. The FAA was investigating the crash.