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
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2090 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2545 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.