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Small Plane Crashes In Alabama  
User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1454 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3379 times:

Just on the news, a small plane flying from New Jersey crashed in Alabama, the pilot was killed. No passengers are on board.

[Edited 2011-01-05 19:31:21]


It's a cultural thing.
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User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/06/alabama.plane.crash/

"The Beech BE-58 was approaching the runway of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport when it crashed Wednesday, said the Federal Aviation Administration. The cause of the crash is unknown."


User currently offlinebhmdiversion From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3022 times:

Operations were normal this morning out of BHM. I'll see if I can find anything else out.

User currently offlineusscvr From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2973 times:

Local reports advised that the aircraft was bound for Shelby County Airport KEET in Alabaster, AL, a smaller GA field 15 miles south of Birmingham, and diverted to KBHM.

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/01/...amily_identifies_pilot_in_eas.html

The family has identified the pilot as Eugene Scott, who was to celebrate his 60th birthday on Monday at the BCS National Championship game in Arizona.

The local report states the pilot had renewed his license in the last year and started flying again. He had just spent several days in New York City. He left from New Jersey about 2:22 p.m. to return home.



Authorities said the plane crashed about 6:45 p.m., shortly after Scott had conversation with air traffic controllers at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport . Scott chose to land there instead of the Shelby County Airport, after checking on weather conditions at the airport in Alabaster.

There was no mention of trouble in conversations with Birmingham air traffic controllers and no distress call issued according to a NTSB investigator.

The twin engine Beech BE-58 went down in a vacant lot about 6:45 p.m. on 80th Street North, near the intersection of Seventh Avenue North, narrowly avoiding rows of nearby homes. It was about a half mile from the intended runway -- Runway 24 -- and left of the course.

The plane was owned by Scott's business.


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6616 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2843 times:

RIP

That blog has some interesting info, but the fact it's a blog shows.

I "liked" this part :

Quote:
Scott had been a pilot for years, Chapman said. He had a near-tragedy in 1995 when flying his family home from Disney World and threw a rod not long after take off.

"He was able to glide the plane down and landed it in a tree," Chapman said. "He was such a good pilot."


Landing in a tree proof he's a good pilot, well, to each his own I guess !
I often read about cirrus and bonanzas and such as planes that need a good pilot at the controls, so what do you think about the Baron ?

An uncle of mine owned a turbocharged Bonanza and never had an accident, however at around 55 he stopped flying because he thought he hadn't enough time to train and fly for it to be safe (he had a new business after a long early retirement), a wise decision I think.



New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4489 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2784 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 4):
Landing in a tree proof he's a good pilot, well, to each his own I guess !
I often read about cirrus and bonanzas and such as planes that need a good pilot at the controls, so what do you think about the Baron ?

Cirruses and Bonanzas/Barons are not hard airplanes to fly--things just happen quickly in them, they're fast and complex, and you need to be on top of your game at all times. The Baron is no exception, with the added complication of a second engine, more critical speeds, and faster still.

Honestly it sounds like this pilot bit off more than he could chew and paid the ultimate price. Hopefully his loss serves as a sad and poignant reminder to the rest of us.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 4):
An uncle of mine owned a turbocharged Bonanza and never had an accident, however at around 55 he stopped flying because he thought he hadn't enough time to train and fly for it to be safe (he had a new business after a long early retirement), a wise decision I think.

Your uncle is a wise man and that decision is a testament to his aviation decision-making ability.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 4):
Quote:
Scott had been a pilot for years, Chapman said. He had a near-tragedy in 1995 when flying his family home from Disney World and threw a rod not long after take off.

"He was able to glide the plane down and landed it in a tree," Chapman said. "He was such a good pilot."


Landing in a tree proof he's a good pilot, well, to each his own I guess !

I know, I know, but it's hard to pass judgment in that situation. He could have lost the engine at 1000' AGL over a forest for all we know.



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineCharlieNoble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 4):
Landing in a tree proof he's a good pilot, well, to each his own I guess !

I think that maintaining control of a disabled aircraft all the way to the ground takes discipline and is the mark of a good pilot...very easy to panic or get distracted, leading to a fatal stall/spin where it might have otherwise been survivable.

Now, if you land in the only tree around for miles...


RIP, sounds morbid but I hope he passed out or something and didn't suffer.


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