Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2613 posts, RR: 7 Posted (11 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 7337 times:
My friend just called me, I guess today there was a pilot giving a ride to somebody who was dying, as a part of a last chance program of some sort. He said the dying man jumped out of the aircraft while it was coming in to land, and died. I guess the pilot nearly lost control trying to keep the man inside the aircraft.
Solarix From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 6820 times:
This actually happened less than 2000 feet from where I live. They had the whole street closed off this evening when it happened and the power was out due to the guy falling on power lines. I heard when he hit the lines it actually severed his body. Very tragic event
RareBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 6495 times:
It's hard to "fall" out of a Stearman, unless it's inverted. Which I think was not the case here. The news story says the man climbed out of the aircraft, in spite of the pilot's attempts to pull him back in, and fell to his death. Plane was on approach to Gillespie Field and was about 300-400 feet up. Appears to be a suicide by a man facing a case of debilitating cancer.