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Fatal Car Crash On Airport Runway  
User currently offlineB744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

This is an interesting one - from www.nzcity.co.nz FYI, Gisborne airport is a small regional airport here in NZ.

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Police are yet to reveal why a car involved in a fatal accident this morning was travelling on the Gisborne Airport runway.

A 39-year-old Levin man died when the vehicle he was sitting in as the front seat passenger was unable to stop.

It is believed he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Three other people were in the car and suffered minor to moderate injuries.

Police say investigations are continuing, and will not say why the car was on the airport tarmac.




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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4785 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

OMG...I used to live in Gisborne and visited the airport many times as a child...even had a run down the runway in a fire truck.

Gisborne has to have one of the most unique runways in the world, it has a railway line crossing right through the runway.

But this accident sounds really biazzre.


User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2199 times:

Potential recipient of the Darwin award ???

JET


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

Any photos of the railway line on the runway ??

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4785 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

I know I have an ancient postcard somewhere which depicts a train stopped in front of the runway crossing with a DC-3 ready to takeoff. I'll see if I can dig it out and scan it for you.

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4785 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

Enjoy...



And by the way, the trains have to give way to air traffic  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineSophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 day ago) and read 2015 times:

Well, when I was in high school, a friend of mine INSISTED that at night you could drive on the runways at the New Orleans Lakefront airport. Luckily, I didn't trust his opinion, and we never did it. Of course, the guy at Gisborne was 39 years old, so I'm not sure what his excuse could possibly be. Inebriation?

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 15 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

Any other photos ???. Thats such a special airport.

User currently offlineB744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

'Inebriation'? - you have to wonder, huh? Here's an update, but they still haven't said why it was there.

By the way - great picture CPDC10-30.

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Police have named a man killed when the car he was in drove off the end of the runway at Gisborne airport early on Saturday.
Ross Kenneth Burgess, 38, of Levin, was a front seat passenger and appeared not to have been wearing a seatbelt when the car crashed about 2am, Gisborne police said.

The vehicle left the end of the runway, crashed through a fence and crossed a road bordering the airport before landing on its side and roof.

A 37-year-old woman was treated for moderate spine and shoulder injuries. A 37-year-old man and 26-year-old woman had moderate injuries.

Senior Sergeant Tony Gibson of Gisborne police told NZPA today an investigation into the crash was still being carried out and no charges had been laid.

Police have not yet been able to say why the car was on the runway.

An airport spokesman said no flights were disrupted because of the accident.





User currently offlineElal106 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 975 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

hey thats a cool thing, how rare is that!?

too bad about the accident...:-(

fly LY777s! safest around!
cheers
elal106


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 hour ago) and read 1869 times:

Any more news on the crash??

Chris



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineB744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

The man killed when a car rolled at high speed at the end of the Gisborne airport runway early on Saturday morning has been named.

He was Ross Kenneth Burgess, 38, of Levin. Mr Burgess's wife and a 37-year-old Gisborne mechanic and his 26-year-old girlfriend were injured in the crash.

It is understood the four had been at a bar in Gisborne and gained access to the runway because the mechanic worked at the airport.

Police say excessive speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.

Detective Dean Story said police were examining the car and waiting for results of tests.

The car, a 1993 Commodore SS, overshot the runway and skidded nearly 200 metres before crashing through a fence, crossing Awapuni Rd and landing on its side and roof.

The airstrip is no stranger to night activity – people are known to drive there to shoot rabbits and hares or chase them in their cars.


User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

So will the car be considered "totalled" or "written off"?

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