Benet Wilson

Strange But True General Aviation News

October 12, 2012 by Benét Wilson

Mid-air miracle. Pilots of two Piper Cherokees are happy to be alive after theyclipped each other midair in the skies above Maricopa, Ariz., reports the Arizona Republic.  Despite heavy damage, both planes landed safely, one at Gila River Airport and the other at a vehicle test track, the newspaper reported.

If he can pose with the wreakage, then he’s OK.  Tony Vowels was flying his brand new experimental aircraft from Albuquerque, N.M., to Durango, Colo. when he went down into trees after attempting to land four times in a slight crosswind and an uphill breeze, reports the Silverton Standard.  His plane was destroyed, but Vowels only had a small laceration on his left hand, a bump on the back of his head and a bruised shoulder, the newspaper reported.

Maybe it was only cracked.  A pilot decided to forgo an emergency landing at Kansas’ Salina Airport after reporting a broken windshield, reports the Salinas Journal. The pilot opted to fly his damaged Cessna Citation jet  to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, which has a Cessna Citation Service Center.

Isn’t it usually kittens that get stuck in trees?  An unidentified man found himself stuck in a tree 80 feet above the ground after his powered parachute malfunctioned, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  He was rescued by fire fighters about 45 minutes after the accident.

Speaking of cats… Bernard Harris and cat survived an acciddent after his Piper PA-28 struck power lines and went down about a mile south of Beatty, Nev., reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  The man was hospitalized in fair condition, but the town was without power for 14 hours.

Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “takeoff.” Billy Wayne was forced to land his Cirrus SR22 in the parking lot of a strip club after experiencing visibility problems, reports CBS-42.  Wayne, who deployed the Cirrus’s parachute, was credited for his quick thinking in making the landing.

I guess he really needed to air it out.  An unnamed Kansas City Chiefs fan took out his frustration on quarterback Matt Cassel by hiring an aircraft to fly a banner over Arrowhead Stadium that said “WE DESERVE BETTER! FIRE PIOLI — BENCH CASSEL,” reports USA Today.  The team lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 9-6.


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