Two killed during Dodge Challenger Hellcat test drive on airport runway

Two men have been slain while using the runway at a small Co airport to test drive a 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

The skies blue muscle car crashed right after rocketing off the runway at the Excelente Vista Regional Airport Friday, getting airborne and sailing across the ravine, the Denver Post reported.

“ They were just test traveling this car, ” Chaffee Region Sheriff John Spezze told the particular paper. “ They went a tad too fast. I don’ t wish to surmise. … They probably have got to the end of the runway and, from that speed, didn’ t understand they were there so fast. Plus they lost control. It was just way too high a speed and they got to the final of the runway. ”

Lynd Fitzgerald, 71, of Colorado Springs, and Roger Lichtenberger, 76, of San Marcos, Calif., were pronounced dead at the picture, authorities said.

Spezze told the document Fitzgerald and his friend had authorization to use the runway.

They were likely heading more than 100 mph when they went off the runway, the paper documented. Fitzgerald was behind the wheel.

Spezze’ s workplace issued a press release Sunday nevertheless that after speeding down the catwalk and continuing another 315 ft, the Challenger became airborne more than a ravine.


The release went on to state that after striking the ground the car “ became airborne a second period flipping end over end over the second ravine before coming to relax on its wheels. ”

Deputies discovered the wreckage about 650 foot past the runway.

The airport boasts upon its website having the longest hill runway in Colorado at eight, 300 feet, or more than a distance and a half.

“ I’ ve never noticed anything like it, ” Spezze mentioned, according to the paper. “ They had authorization to be there. There were no laws and regulations broken. ”