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Crash - New Smyrna Beach - 1 Dead  
User currently offlineACVitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

http://www.news-journalonline.com/Ne...line/BreakingNews/pcrash092107.htm

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A 74-year-old man died this afternoon after his single-engine airplane slammed into some trees at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport.

Anchorage, Alaska, resident Bruce Smith had just taken off in the Temco GC-1B Swift about 1 p.m. when he radioed the control tower he was having problems with the aircraft.


The accident happened about 12:47 today and according to several people I know who saw it the pilot was alive but very serious when medivac flown out. Very sad situation. Witnesses claim the pilot attempted to return to the airport in a steep turn and the aircraft stalled it hit hard on the runway and the gear collapsed then continued into the trees at the side of the middle runway where it was obliterated.

Very sad. Airport restricted to essential operations/IFR only. No VFR or student flights until further notice. The airport is used frequently by nearby Embry Riddle students, Epic Aviation and other flight schools. It has scheduled airline service with VQ to MLB DAB MHH and TCB

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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Very sad indeed, at least he died doing what he obviously loved.

AF340


User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

Very sad. May he rest in peace.  pray 


"Reality is wrong, dreams are for real." -Tupac
User currently offlineACVitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

Additonal story;

http://www.news-journalonline.com/Ne...News/Headlines/frtHEAD04092207.htm

The aircraft had been stored at Four Winds and was being moved.

Sad loss of the pilot and the classic aircraft.

A rumor was the aircraft had been in a crash once before in its history and this was the second time. Not able to confirm it.


User currently offlineACVitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

After reading the article in the link below. I am left with an entirely different view of the accident.

http://www.napanet.net/~arbeau/swift//78097.htm

I wonder if observers who saw it realized what was really happening. This appears to be a very difficult aircraft to control according to the article in the link.

The article author equates flying the type as needing to relearn how to fly!


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

Quoting ACVitale (Reply 3):
A rumor was the aircraft had been in a crash once before in its history and this was the second time. Not able to confirm it.

That is what I heard on the news. They said that it crashed back in '67 but that the pilot lived that time. Very sad loss of life and airplane. I didn't even know what a Swift was, but when I went to the link in the above post and read the story and looked at the photos something hit me... I am pretty sure I took pictures of that plane landing 2 years ago at New Smyrna airport. I'll have to dig the photos up and see but I'm almost positive.



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