Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2559 times:
I know very small plane crashes are a dime a dozen, but this sounds quite dramatic and happened just meters from the east end of the main runway at YKF (Waterloo Region Airport, Canada), where I used to spot. A couple of first-hand witnesses make it sound pretty dramatic. Apparently the pilot was attempting a turn, which sounds strange if he was having engine problems, given that he was flying over a smooth field with very little attitude. Possibly just a stall from making a quick turn with a lot of fuel and not a lot of airspeed on a hot morning?
I imagine that operations have not been affected (not that there's much going on anyway) since we recently lost NW to DTW), but the article isn't exactly clear on that. YKF's other runway is not useful for real commecial use.
HarrisonRuess From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
I don't know if you remember the fatal crash over at Greenbank (CNP8) last summer - the one that the owner of the airport was killed in - but this one, at least initially, sounds familiar.
In the Greenbank one pilot had an engine failure in climb out and tried to do a 180 to make it back to the runway (rather than just landing straight ahead), and of course with only being a few hundred feet off the ground he didn't make it.
With what the witnesses are saying with this Waterloo one (reporting seeing the plane turn, and then nose dive - which is something a high-wing plane like a 172 could do in a stall) it sounds like it could be a similar situation.
Of course it really is way too early to know for sure, and many details are lacking.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
I agree - an ill-advised attempt to turn around quickly would be a good explanation.
It's a small-world - I actually knew the pilot who died at Greenbank (from church, when I was a teenager), but I hadn't actually read any articles about the circumstances of that crash. It does sound like this could be a similar situation. Agreed, though, that it is quite early to make such determinations.