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Final Destination In Real Life: Second Plane Crash Takes Father & Daughter Duo’s Lives

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By HVnews on May 9, 2011

A father and daughter from Texas who walked away from a plane crash four years ago were killed in another plane crash this weekend.

Elzie (Bud) Warren, 70, and his daughter Phyllis Jean Ridings, 52, were flying an experimental plane to an air show in Temple, Texas, Saturday when the cockpit began to fill with smoke.

The plane crashed “in a ball of flames,” reports the Daily News, just half a mile north of the Conroe, Texas airport.

The duo were attempting to make it back to the airport at Conroe. “They requested an emergency landing and turned the airplane around,” Trooper Erik Burse told the Houston Chronicle. “They tried to make it back to the runway, but crashed.”

They were both members of the Experimental Aircraft Association and were flying a kit-built Ravin 500, a plane flown by less than 20 people worldwide.

In 2007, they miraculously survived an emergency landing in a hay field after the engine in their homemade plane caught fire.

“I give all the credit to God and my father’s flying skills,” Ridings told the Chronicle after the 2007 crash. “He saved our lives.”

There’s no indication whether God or her father’s flying skills were taking a break this past weekend, or even whether Death finally caught up to Warren and Ridings Final Destination-style. But this is a pretty awful tragedy.

Warren was a NASA subcontractor for Boeing Aircraft, even working on the fuel rockets for the Gemini spacecraft. Ridings was a real estate agent.

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