Christopher was one of two passengers aboard the Mooney M20C aircraft traveling from CT to NY when the plane disintegrated near the North Branford-Guilford border just before 2 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.
According to crews, the aircraft crashed at approximately 1:53 PM on Saturday in an area near 480 West Street, and traveled approximately 75 feet into a wooded area. Police said they do not yet know where the plane took off, or to where it was headed. Their names have not been released yet, but Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park confirmed that once of the victims was local racing legend Ted Christopher.
"It was really unusual", described neighbor Carrie Carignan.
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"It nearly sounded like a dump truck like opening the back and gravel falling out", said Carrie Carignan of Guilford.
Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR. "Ted Christopher was the gold standard when it came to short-track racing".
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It was followed by the pilot announcing they had to evacuate on account of a " direct threat " involving the flight specifically. Mr Anderson said: "Initially the pilot told us there were technical issues."We were waiting on the plane for around an hour".
Christopher's death reverberated throughout NASCAR and the racing community.
He briefly made a foray into the top three series of NASCAR, making 29 starts between the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series from 1996 to 2006. He was a tough racer's racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country, ' France said. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends, family and fans of Ted Christopher through these trying times.
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