Experienced Pilot Killed in July 4th Plane Crash

Brad Marzari

Brad Marzari, 60, was flying a single-engine aircraft that crashed in the area of E. Trimmier and Stagecoach Roads in Killeen, Texas, the evening of July 4.

 
Also known as “Launchpad,” Bradley Guy Marzari was an aviation enthusiast and podcaster from Belton, Texas.

He tragically died in a plane crash in Killeen on the 4th of July. He left Skylark Field in Killeen Sunday morning to make a day trip to New Braunfels, a trip he often took.

Marzari’s single-engine plane crashed in a private field near the airport.

He reportedly had made a mayday call for severe engine problems and loss of power.

The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to release the cause of the fatal crash.

Investigators with both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were at the crash site July 5 as part of the investigation into the crash.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, the NTSB released the following statement regarding cause of the crash:

“At this early stage of an investigation, NTSB does not state a cause but will provide factual information when available. Investigations involving fatalities, and other major investigations currently take between 12 and 24 months to complete, other investigations take between 12 and 18 months, on average. The preliminary report is expected to publish 15 days after the accident.”

Marzari was enthusiastic about COVID vaccines, changing his Facebook profile photo each time he received a dose of a vaccine. His first dose was on April 26. His second dose was on May 6. He leaves behind his wife Gaby, a native of Germany. They married in September 1995.