NASCAR driver plane crash still under investigation

Ted Christopher (79) racing with Todd Owen (81) in the Sunoco Modifieds. Credit: Matt Wiernasz

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – The NTSB is still investigating a plane crash between the North Branford/Guilford line in Connecticut that killed 59-year old NASCAR driver Ted Christopher out of Plainville, CT and pilot, 81-year-old Charles Dundas back on September, 16.

An Aviation Accident Preliminary Report says the plane was going from Robertson Field Airport in Plainville, CT to Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, NY. No flight plan was filed.

The report also revealed that the plane struck a 75 foot tall pine tree before it went in a down nose position on the right side. Christopher was on his way to a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, NY when the Mooney M20C plane crashed.

Dundas was an experienced pilot with over 31,000 hours of flight experience when it was reported in a medical exam last October.

Ted Christopher waves to the crowd after winning his 99th race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Credit: Matthew Wiernasz

Christopher was an all time winning driver at Stafford Motor Speedway.  His number was retired in the Fall Final back on October 1.

He won his 99th career race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Speedway back on Sunday, September 10.

He was honored at the 55th annual Sunoco World Series Of Racing at Thompson with the Sonny Richards Award back on October 15. He also won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship back in 2008 and the NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Championship back in 2001.