Strange But True General Aviation News Archive

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I have the controls. A teenager in Australia with little flight time found himself flying a Piper Cherokee 180 after the pilot passed out, reports AvWeb. The pilot came to and helped the teen land the aircraft at Forbes Field in New South Wales.

Do the crime, do the time. Two men and a woman have pleaded guilty to smuggling immigrants into the United States by private jet, reports NBC San Diego. The immmigrants paid up to $10,000 for the flight. The three face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A long walk. A 39-year-old pilot and his 77-year-old father walked 15 miles looking for help after the landing gear, propeller and wing were damaged during an emergency landing 30 miles north of Willcox, Ariz., reports KCTV5 News. A rancher saw the damaged aircraft, called the authorites and rescuers found the son and his father the next day.

Stopped by a fence.  A small aircraft ended up crashing into a fence at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, Calif., reports the San Jose Mercury News. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.

Emergency landings. A pilot made an emergency landing at the Mesquite Municipal Airport in Texas after his 2000 Rans S-6 ES lost one of its three wheels, reports the Mesquite Citizen. A Piper Aztec made an emergency landing in a bay in St. Maarten after both engines dies, reports the Curacao Chronicle. A pilot and his son flying a Piper Super Cub hit a boulder after landing in a field between the Galiuro and Winchester mountain ranges, reports the Wilcox Orange News.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

I don’t need no stinkin’ propeller! A 79-year-old pilot managed to glide and land his Grumman AA-5 Tiger at an old horse racing track after losing his propeller, reports the Republic. The newspaper reported the propeller cracked and split in two.

Get your beer the old-fashioned way. Minnesota beer brewery Lakemaid was trying out using drones to deliver the adult beverage to ice fishers on Mille Lacs Lake, but the FAA has nixed the plan, reports CNN. The agency said that it’s against the law to fly drones for commercial purposes or above 400 feet in the United States.

Eject!! A Royal Canadian Air Force instructor pilot and a student were forced to eject from their CT-156 Harvard II trainer after a landing gear malfunction, reports AvWeb. The problem was discovered when another trainer did a visual inspection of the aircraft.

 

Emergency landings. A pilot made an emergency landing of his Cirrus SR-22 in a Worth County, Ga., cornfield, reports WorthIt2U.net. A private plane carrying seven passengers made an emergency landing at Bluegrass Airport after experiencing engine failure. reports Lex18.com. A flight instructor and his student made an emergency landing at Australia’s Orange Airport, reports Central Western Daily.

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Friday, January 31st, 2014

I feel the need…the need for speed. The Daily Mail has posted a heart-pounding video that gives a glimpse of what it’s like to fly an RAF Typhoon jet. During the video, the supersonic jet flew from a low of 250 feet and a high of 40,000 feet

Was Road Runner there too? Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson had a good excuse for being late to a speech before he Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Rooster Boosterbreakfast — a coyote on the runway, reports AviationPros.com.  As Abramson’s aircraft was landing at  Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, it had to do a gor-around because of a coyote on the runway.

Do the crime, do the time. John Quinn of Rutland, Vt. pleaded guilty to stealing high-speed carbide drill bits and other aviation-related tools from GE Aviation, reports the Republic. Quinn received more than $108,000 from the proceeds of sales via the Internet.

Happy landings. No one was injured when a small Cessna slid off the runway at Winchester Regional Airport while doing touch-and-go landings, reports the Republic. A small aircraft made an emergency landing in a bean field near Huntland, Tenn., after the engine failed, reports WHNT-TV. No 0ne was injured when a TBM7 made an emergency landing at Sioux Gateway Airport with landing gear issues, reports the Sioux City Journal.

 

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

But it looked so real! A viral video that allegedly shows a large aircraft crashing into a bridge has been determined as a fake, reports Epoch Times. The video shows the crash, complete with smoke, fire, and a person falling off the bridge.

Cash wasn’t king. Conor Guckian paid $20,000 in cash to charter a private jet for a flight from Nashville to California. The police were tipped off and went to the airport to investigate, reports News Channel 5. When the K-9 unit used dogs to sniff Guckian’s money, they detected a narcotic odor. When they searched the jet, they found another $153,000 in cash.

Let’s go to the video! A New Zealand pilot and his passenger were forced to make an emergency landing on Martin’s Bay Beach after the engine quit, reports AvWeb. After finding and repairing a fuel system blockage and taking off, the aircraft was covered in a spray of water.

Upside down helicopter. Soft snow on a glacier near New Zealand’s Mt Cook caused a helicopter to topple over after a wayward landing, reports the New Zealand Herald. The four tourists aboard were not hurt.

Helicopters to the rescue. A sailor was rescued by the Coast Guard near Piedras Blancas in California after his boat crashed into the rocks, reports the Cambrian. Two men were rescued by a New York Police Department helicopter after they got stuck in the marsh, reports the New York Post.

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Friday, January 17th, 2014

The highway became a runway. A pilot and two passengers were forced to make an emergency landing on New York’s Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx after an engine malfunction, reports NBC New York. No one was injured and the Piper PA had minor damage.

A different interpretation of getting high. Despite an effort to fly under the radar, federal and Lawrence County, Utah, authorities were suspicious of  pilot Ken Barton Burrows, who was detained after landing at New Castle Airport, reports the Ellwood City Ledger. After inspecting his single-engine Cessna, Dept. of Homeland Security officers found 240 lbs of marijuana worth nearly $1.2 million on board.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Andrew Decker, says he didn’t know that pointing a laser at a helicopter was dangerous, reports WESH-TV. The teen, who allegedly pointed a laser in in the cockpit of a sheriff’s helicopter as it flew over his neighborhood,  faces a felony charge.

Helicopters to the rescue! Two Tampa police helicopter pilots made a dramatic rescue of a pilot whose airplane had just crashed  as it approached Tampa International Airport, reports the Tampa Bay Times. A California Highway Patrol helicopter rescued a glider pilot who ended up trapped in a 50-foot tree, reports CBS San Francisco.

Good landings.  The Coast Guard rescued two passengers after their airplane went down off the coast near California’s Catalina Island, reports KPCC Radio. A pilot was not injured after he made an emergency landing of his ultralight aircraft in a field in Odessa, Texas, reports the Odessa American.

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Friday, January 10th, 2014

He could have just used skates. Helicopter pilot Bradley Friesen has defended a stunt where he “skated” his aircraft between two groups of players in Canada’s North Shore Mountains and shot video of it, reports CTV News. He defended the stunt, saying that the video had been “carefully staged” with proper safety briefings.

Do the crime, do the time. Commercial aircraft restoration group B-25 Group, LLC has agreed to pay the government $55,000 after removing parts from an F-82 Twin Mustang that crashed in Fairbanks, Alaska back in 1950, reports the Daily News-Miner. The agreement ends five years of litigation.

It’s all about survival. A pilot and two passengers managed to make an emergency landing at Montana’s Glacier Park International Airport after icing caused the airplane to stall, reports the Spokesman-Review. No one was injured when a private jet with country singer Dwight Yokam made an emergency landing after the pilot reported a fire in the Hawker 800, reports TheBoot.com.

Helicopter rescues. After a series of explosions at the construction side of a student housing complex in downtown Kingston, Ontario, a helicopter operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force rescued a crane operator trapped in the fire, reports AvWeb. A man who was kicked off a mountain in Puerto Rico by a goat was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter, reports ABC News.

 

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, December 27th, 2013

These drugs just fell from the sky!  Officials at Hull Prison near Ottawa, Ontario, are beefing up security after a drone was able to drop a package that allegedly was filled with drugs, reports AvWeb. The package was never recovered.

Speaking of drones… Samy Kamkar, a computer programmer, has released a set of free instructions showing how a toy Parrot drone can be turned into a “skyhacker” drone, reports AvWeb. It can then interfere with WiFi-controlled drones and take control of them.

This spa wasn’t so relaxing. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency raided the offices of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based  charter operator World Jet as part of a drug trafficking case, reports the Durango Herald. The company allegedly used The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colo., to launder money for the operation.

Helicopter to the rescue. An 18-year-old cliff jumping the waters off Tasmania’s Blackmans Bay Beach had to be rescued by helicopter after he injured his back after falling 26 feet into the water, reports ABC News.

A safe landing is a good landing. A pilot flying from Maine’s Portland International Jetport to Waterville was forced to make an emergency landing on I295 after allegedly running out of fuel, reports Flying magazine. A Beechcraft BE-200 used by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made an emergency landing after the landing gear failed to deploy, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Friday, December 20th, 2013

Talk about high flying. Two men who landed a private aircraft at Johnson City Municipal Airport are facing drug charges after a Drug Enforcement Administration agent found 75 lbs of marijuana aboard, reports the Times News.

He gets a double penalty. John Walsh, 46, faces trouble times two after he allegedly flew an unregistered LSA-type aircraft and flew with a falsified pilot certificate, reports AvWeb. He was using the vehicle and his fake license to to fly customers near Key Largo, Fla.

And here’s another double penalty. Paul Douglas Tharp, 53, has been charged with lying to the FAA about being a pilot and a mechanic, along with flying aircraft without a license, reports the Charlotte Observer. He is facing up to five years for each count of lying, plus three years for flying without a license.

Survival of the fittest. Juan Hernandez, Honduras’ ruling party presidential candidate, his wife and three members of his campaign team survived after his helicopter crashed on the way to a rally in Juticalpa, reports the Daily Times.  A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Trussville, Ala., after losing power, reports WVTM-TV. A small aircraft made an emergency landing at the Fargo Jet Center after experiencing landing gear problems, reports WDAY-TV.

He couldn’t just use an axe? The Gizmodo blog reports (and posts video) of ace helicopter pilot Dan Clark using his rotorcraft to harvest Christmas trees.  “Oregon helicopter pilot ruthlessly owning inertia,” says Redditor coolmandan03.

Strange but true aviation news

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Mice on a plane. The U.S. dropped 2,000 dead mice wearing parachutes onto Guam in a desperate attempt to eradicate the island’s  invasive brown tree snake, reports RT.com. The dead mice are filled with Tylenol, which is deadly to the snakes.

It’s raining parts? Residents in Seattle’s Gatewood claim that as a small aircraft flew over their houses, parts of its window fell on their roofs, reports KOMO-TV. One neighbor showed the parts to an aviation expert who confirmed they came from the aircraft.

Buying a piece of aviation history — on eBay. An AOPA member alerted us to the sale of a Rolls-Royce 593-610 Concorde SST Jet Engine on Ebay. As of Dec. 12 at 4:00 p.m. EST, the engine had 46 bids, and the current price was $20,100.

Waiting for the FAA.  A Mooney that made an emergency landing at Northeast Florida Regional Airport remained on the runway for an hour until FAA gave permission to move it, reports WTEV-TV. The pilot was uninjured after failing to lower the aircraft’s landing gear.

They just walked away. A pilot and his passenger made an emergency water landing on Ireland’s Lough Erne, where they were rescued by the country’s Maritime Rescue, reports the Independent.

We’ll end the week with this video that Flying magazine calls the “Coolest Instrument Approach Ever.” Enjoy!

 

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, December 6th, 2013

He was just hanging out! A rare black rhino was tied by its ankles and transported by helicopter to its new home under the WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, reports the Mirror. Helicopter is deemed the best way to get the beasts from KwaZulu-Natal region of eastern South Africa.

That airport car looks vaguely familiar. Pilots flying into Minnesota’s Milaca Municipal Airport now have access to a new crew car — a retired Dodge Charger police squad car, reports the Mille Lacs County Times.  The car can be used on a first come, first-served basis.

He just walked away. The pilot of a 1988 Laser managed to walk away after the aircraft cartwheeled to a stop near the Swanborough Farm Airstrip in Lewes, U.K., reports the Sussex Express. Investigators found that “the threads of the bolts holding a wheel assembly on had stripped and that the wheel probably came away when the aircraft took off,” the newspaper added.

All’s well that ends well.  A pilot and his passenger were not injured after the Beechcraft T-34C military trainer they were flying slid off the runway at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, reports the Broomfield Enterprise. No injuries were reported after a a small, twin engine Beechcraft went off the runway at Tennessee’s Tri-Cities Regional Airport, reports the Times News.