David B. “Brad” Mutchler, 58, of Garner, NC died on March 4, 2017, when the plane he was on crashed in the Tampa Bay area during the second day of flight recertification.
He and flight instructor Robert “Bob” Redfern were on board a twin-engine Hawker Beechcraft BE-60 that departed from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport about a half-hour prior to the crash. Redfern also died in the plane crash. Witnesses reported the plane nose-dived just prior to hearing an explosion. The wreckage was engulfed in flames by the time witnesses reached it. Brad Mutchler was the loving devoted husband of Mary Elisabeth Mims Mutchler, a native of Moore County who attended Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines. Brad Mutchler owned and operated Duke Lazzara Development in Apex, NC. He also leaves behind four children.