Pliersinsight From United States of America, joined May 2008, 478 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4610 times:
Guess he thought it would make the Gulf of Mexico without him and sink beneath the waves never to be found. So much for the vanishing act. When do we suspect the big life insurance policy story will show up next?
What got me about this article was the statement that the pilot was wearing goggles that looked like they were for flying. I have not seen a pilot (especially of a pressurized plane) wearing goggles for a long, long time. But a parachutist might....
The problem with making things foolproof is that fools are so doggone ingenious...Dan Keebler
"The Meridian's speed later deteriorated to under 100 knots, and at 9:12 pm the aircraft descended to just 200 feet... where it remained until the last radar echo was reported two hours later, at a recorded speed of 82 knots."
Did the author of this article note from flight aware that the aircraft's position didn't move for those couple of hours, despite the seceral hours indicating 82kts airspeed and an alt. of 200? Could it be possible that the plane crashes after 10pm and the transponder just keeps sending the last reported data for several hours from the ground? How else could the plane fly at 82 kts for several hours and not move? I don't suspect there was an 82kt. headwind at 200 feet.
JCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3613 times:
Shouldn't have this guy bailed out in South Texas near the Gulf of Mexico? You know, so he could actually get into Mexico, where its a lot harder to find (and extradite) someone than backwoods Alabama? Then again, I think this guy might not be the brightest around.
HangarRat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 632 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3590 times:
Quoting JCS17 (Reply 14): Shouldn't have this guy bailed out in South Texas near the Gulf of Mexico?
Just create a Payne Stewart scenario for yourself. An unexpected depressurization at night around FL240 would be enough to plausibly do the pilot in. As long as the plane had enough gas to get out into the ocean, it would be at the bottom of the Atlantic or the Gulf before anyone could figure out what had happened.
By making radio calls and declaring an emergency, he drew attention to himself. By failing to ensure that the aircraft and his body were never found, he blew his entire scheme.
Ideal scenario would be a night flight due east at FL250 to somewhere like Galveston with max fuel on board. Then just stop talking to ATC and jump somewhere near the descent point. The plane would keep motoring out into the gulf for a few hundred miles. A night intecept would be difficult and dangerous and would be of little use anyway. Authorities would have only a rough idea of the splash location.
Pliersinsight From United States of America, joined May 2008, 478 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3378 times:
Quoting KELPkid (Reply 17): Apparently enough of one that the FAA was able to deduce that he probably jumped (read some of the linked articles) Maybe they got a "skin paint" on Mr. Schrenker
Or maybe he was wearing a big enough Rolex for a return. Every few hours it seems the story gets more hysterical, now there is a storage unit he rented days earlier near his parachute landing zone and a motorcycle he escaped on that was in the storage unit. What are the odds he made Mexico by now?
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6147 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3193 times:
Quoting HangarRat (Reply 15): By making radio calls and declaring an emergency, he drew attention to himself. By failing to ensure that the aircraft and his body were never found, he blew his entire scheme.
Also, he probably should have chosen a route away from the Tyndall and Eglin Air Force Bases (where the FAA was able to summon fighters from to investigate what was going on...)
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
Rgreenftm From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 292 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3076 times:
I used to live in Milton, FL and here is what I don't get - the flight plan was filed from Indy to Destin, FL. The crash site of the aircraft is more or less in line with the path he would normally fly. He slowed down before jumping, thus conserving fuel, and still crashed short of his destination? Milton is probably no more than 30 miles from Destin, so real close.
If he is/was an accomplished pilot, it seems like he would have known he didn't have enough fuel and would have built in a stop to fuel up to get his plane into the gulf of Mexico.
Do smaller aircraft have any type of flight data recorders? Don't think it really is needed in this case to tell the story, but it would potentially be interesting nonetheless.
I highly doubt he is smart enough to get himself into Mexico and will likely be caught within a week.
25 DiamondFlyer: Well, since its a turbine, the problem is very simple. Turbines are much more efficient at altitude. Something tells me, if the plane was at 10,000 ft
26 Skibum9: If you look at his flightplan, you can see that he originally filed from AID to DTS, but then diverted to GAD. Bu when looking at the flight data, he
27 Lovetojetblue: I like Krusty as much as the next guy, but I don't understand
28 Rgreenftm: So another thought - again my experience is coming from my "mad flight sim skills" but couldn't he had programmed the autopilot to ascend up to a high
29 DingDong: Krusty is a clown. That was his way of saying this plan was foolish and stupid, on part of the actual guy who did just that. Well, see, the thing is.
30 Grain: so let me get this straight..... that sweet looking female is single now?
31 797: Yes, and if they're not separated yet, she's getting the insurance for the plane too!!!
32 CFMitch56: Actually, in one episode of the Simpsons, Krusty tried to fake his own death to avoid paying back taxes and fines to the IRS. He flew his plane (the
33 KELPkid: Yeah, ummm, about that insurance, I'm pretty sure most policies have an exception in them for damage intentionally caused by the owner... And unless
34 KELPkid: And it didn't take them long, either: http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?C...97073-2225-4218-931d-6f15c2e86ae7& Case closed
35 HangarRat: Surprising how little attention this has gotten in the media. Seems like it should be a slam dunk for CNN.
36 Pliersinsight: Spot on. Looks like the company holding the loan on the plane is going to get stuck holding the bag, with only an obvious deadbeat to sue for the bal
37 KELPkid: Just a quick update here: Mr. Marcus Schrenker was indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges of attempting to fake his own death and making a
38 Type-Rated: I didn't know attempting to fake your own death was a crime until you file for your insurance money or attempt to use the faked death for personal fin