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Friday, May 15, 2009

Close Call...

Ok, so out of the blue I get this email from a co-worker telling me about how his ex-wife was in an aircraft accident this past weekend.

My first thought was OMG I hope nobody was seriously hurt.

Fortunately nobody, wife, kids, nor surrounding neighbors were seriously hurt.

It just goes to show you that one never knows what can happen next.

I'll include the email and first responder photo below.

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My ex-wife started taking flying lessons about the time our divorce started and she got her license shortly before our divorce was final, later that same year.

Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call, that she narrowly escaped injury in the aircraft she was piloting. Seems she was forced to make an emergency landing in Hamilton because of bad weather. Thank God the kids weren't with her.

The FAA issued a preliminary report, citing pilot error: She was flying a single engine aircraft in IFR (instrument flight rating) conditions while only having obtained a VFR (visual flight rating).

The absence of a post-crash fire was likely due to insufficient fuel on board. No one on the ground was injured.

The photograph below was taken at the scene to show the extent of damage to her aircraft.

She was really lucky.






2 comments:

Sam May 15, 2009 at 10:01 AM  

Funny! You know this is odd, because my ex-wife has an aircraft just like that one.

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