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Small Plane Down Near PWM  
User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 628 posts, RR: 3
Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4525 times:

Just heard a small aircraft went down near PWM, on Western Ave. From what I hear there were 2 passengers on board.


Police reporting 2 fatalities.

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/breaking/story.aspx?storyid=120893&catid=112

[Edited 2010-07-17 13:16:49]

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4498 times:

Western Ave is downtown Portland....


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4452 times:

Western Ave runs right in front of Runway 11. Rumor is airport is currently closed.

First news report, reporting 2 fatalities.  Sadhttp://www.wcsh6.com/news/breaking/story.aspx?storyid=120893&catid=112

[Edited 2010-07-17 13:15:27]

User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4285 times:

http://wap.wmtw.com/detail.jsp?key=456697

More in depth news report, and also a picture of the aircraft. Sorry for the double post, I can't edit my earlier one.


User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4098 times:

Sorry for the triple post, I promise it won't happen again. The initial posts were from my iPhone at work, and I just got home.

Here's a link to the ATC Audio at the time of the crash:

http://archive-server.liveatc.net/kpwm/KPWM-Jul-17-2010-1900Z.mp3

Starts around the 27:00 mark. Around the 30 minute mark you can hear the controller struggling to stay composed.

The plane was a YAK-52, a very well known plane at PWM. Mark was a Controller at the Jetport, and most people that worked there at least knew of him or his plane.

Very sad story, and my heart goes out to the friends and family of the victims.





The aircraft in happier times, flying at an air show in Brunswick in 2007.


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[Edited 2010-07-17 23:06:11]

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

You don't hear what his issue is. He just reports that "it's getting really hot in here"... very quickly ATC come back "clear to land, clear to land".. Sounds like he noticed something. Sad indeed as I know a family by the same last name from Brunswick. Not sure if they're related yet.


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3963 times:

Sorry to hear of the fatalities. Since that aircraft landed upright without any fire I wonder what made the incident non survivable?

User currently offlineKPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 6):
Since that aircraft landed upright without any fire I wonder what made the incident non survivable

From eyewitness accounts, it appears that the aircraft contacted the ground wing-low and tumbled a number of times before coming to a rest. One quote on the Press Herald's article states that the canopy was crushed in when first responders arrived. There also appears to have been a post-crash fire.


I didn't really know Mark, but I certainly knew of him. He was a prominent figure at the Jetport, both as a controller and at airshows and airport functions. I can't count the number of times I heard pilots come up on his frequency and ask "hey Mark, where are you flying this weekend?" When the airspace wasn't busy, you could often hear him catching up with his flying buddies over the approach frequency.
As for the plane, it was meticulously maintained, I am honestly surprised to hear that mechanical issues were likely at fault here. Every time I've seen Mark's Yak it has been spotless...and that's a tough feat in anything with a radial engine. When I've gone out to fly in the evenings, more often than not I've seen Mark or his mechanic down at the end of the ramp, running up the engine or just cleaning the plane off.

It's been many years since there's been an incident of any kind at Portland, it's unfortunate that PWM's safety record has been broken by the crash of such a prominent plane and such prominent pilots. Mark, Thomas, and the YAK will be missed.



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User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

NTSB:

Quote:
Atlanta-based investigator Butch Wilson says 42-year-old Mark Haskell of Brunswick was maintaining his pilot certification with a flight instructor when his Yak-52 apparently lost power after taking off on Saturday. Wilson says the plane reached 300 feet, wobbled, turned left and lost altitude.
http://www.pressherald.com/news/Prop...-when-plane-crashed-in-Maine-.html


User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5065 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 5):
You don't hear what his issue is. He just reports that "it's getting really hot in here"... very quickly ATC come back "clear to land, clear to land".. Sounds like he noticed something. Sad indeed as I know a family by the same last name from Brunswick. Not sure if they're related yet.

Oh, he noticed something alright. I am going to take an educated guess here. "It's getting really hot in here", likely meant he was very busy trying to troubleshoot the problem. Amazing how composed he sounded during obvious major problems. So so sad. The pictures show complete devastation. Looks like a stall perhaps.



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User currently offlineandyinpit From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3256 times:

I'm still at a loss for words. Mark was an amazing coworker and friend. I only worked at PWM for a few months (had to get a transfer down to a warmer climate for my wife) but he was an awesome trainer and a great friend. You could tell how much he cared about his job. He was a friend to all at that facility, and it didn't just stop there. As said the aviation community in Maine knew Mark by first name, even if they hadn't met him face to face.

The other thing that gets me is how the controller who was on local is getting through this. I obviously wont name names, but listening to the tape I know exactly who it was. He worked with Mark there for at least 15 years and I know the 2 were great friends. I can't imagine what it was like for him to watch something like that. I'm so heartbroken that I can't make it up there for the funeral, and hopefully I can make it to Maine soon.

I really have no conclusion for this, just wanted to get that off my chest to some people that might understand it. Thanks.


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 9):

I was talking about ATC to quickly come back and say 'Clear to land Clear to land" in a very hurried voice right after he said it was getting hot. Makes me wonder if he saw smoke or flames.



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3156 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 11):

NTSB says the cockpit caught fire, so that's a decent assumption.

EDIT: This is a fantastic column to read about Casangrade, the other gentleman killed in the crash.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/this...-to-die_2010-07-20.html?comments=y

[Edited 2010-07-20 22:14:27]

User currently offlineKPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

A little more information came out in today's Press Herald. It seems that Mark had enough forewarning of the YAK's problems that he was able to switch the fuel shut-off valve to "off" and to turn off the master switch before the plane crashed. This, as well as the "it's getting hot in here" comment over the tower frequency seems to hint at a fire of some kind in flight. I'm not familiar enough with the Yak-52's systems to know what could easily catch fire in the cockpit to cause the "cockpit fire" that eyewitnesses reported instead of an aircraft consuming fuel fire, but it looks like things have been narrowed down to either an engine or electrical fire of some sort as the initial cause for the crash.

Whole article is here: http://www.pressherald.com/news/pilo...-emergency-landing_2010-07-21.html



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