My friend just called me, I guess today there was a pilot giving a ride to somebody who was dying, as a part of a last chance program of some sort. He said the dying man jumped out of the aircraft while it was coming in to land, and died. I guess the pilot nearly lost control trying to keep the man inside the aircraft.
Anybody have more info on this?
edit: heres a link to the story:
6:47 p.m. March 29, 2004
EL CAJON – A possibly suicidal or disoriented 88-year-old passenger in a biplane leaped to his death today as a companion was piloting the craft toward an East County airport, authorities said.
The man climbed out of the dual-wing plane as it flew over a mobile-home park near Gillespie Field airport in El Cajon about 4:45 p.m., according to investigators.
The pilot tried to pull him back inside, but "tragically couldn't do that and fly the airplane at the same time," sheriff's Capt. Glenn Revell told KNSD.
"And the man left the aircraft, plummeted through the air, struck two power lines on the way down, glanced off a building and was killed on impact," he said.
The man's plunge through the utility lines caused some power outages in the neighborhood, a dispatcher said.
The man's name was not immediately released
[Edited 2004-03-30 07:54:22]