Co-workers praise pilot Wingate

Kent Wingate recovering after plane crash in Tennessee. (WDTN Photo)
Kent Wingate recovering after plane crash in Tennessee. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Kent Wingate is an instructor with the Unmanned Aerial Systems Department of Aviation Technology at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

According to Adam Murka, director of public information at Sinclair, says Wingate is a tough, determined guy.  His life has brought him from Jackson, Mississippi to Dayton and Sinclair.

The Sinclair family is determined and confident his tough attitude will bring him back.

Right now, Wingate remains in critical condition at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. His injuries include multiple broken bones, a collapsed lung and traumatic brain injury, the extent of which is not yet known.

Murka also said Wingate demanded the best from his students and gave them his best at all times.

The pilot’s wife, Dr. Katherine Wingate is in Memphis.  She says her husband is stable but critical, not out of the woods yet, but the family is hopeful. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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