The jet-powered car that crashed and killed TV personality Jessi Combs is being probed for data in its engine and system information computers, Oregon authorities said today.
The data could reveal what happened to cause the fiery crash in
Oregon’s Alvord Desert earlier this week that resulted in Combs’s death.
The website TopSpeed.com said the Combs vehicle was “a car only in the loose sense,” saying it was more akin to a Mach 2-capable fighter-jet F-104 Starfighter. “It does have wheels and controls somewhat similar to what you can find in a car, but all the similarities end there,” said TopSpeed. “With 56 feet of length and 7 tons of weight, the North American Eagle features an S&S Turbines GE J-79-11B engine with a 4-line afterburner. In car terms, it generates over 45,500 horsepower in full afterburner mode.”