Piper Crash in Argentina

Thursday, May 16, 2013
By George Hatcher

Mr. Julio Contreras – President of Allen Air Club was flying a Piper PA-11 Cub Special on May 10, 2013 and on landing at the Aeropuerto Arturo Humbert in Argentina, the plane flipped–a wheels up landing.

Volunteer firemen, police, airport staff and members of the aeroclub responded to the scene.

The cause of the accident is being attributed to excessive braking. Local news in Argentina is calling it just a scare. The pilot suffered a bump on the forehead, but is otherwise okay. He told reporters “IT WAS A BAD LANDING, SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE WHO FLIES. I ADMIT THAT WAS MY MISTAKE AND DO NOT REALLY KNOW IF SMUG, WANTING TO PLAY SHORT, I TOUCHED THE BRAKES A LITTLE MORE. THIS IS AN AIRCRAFT THAT HAS A TRAIN CONVENTIONAL WHEELS THAT ARE MORE LIBERATED LATER, STOPPED AND TURNED VERY SLOW. BUT I’M FINE, BUT WITH A BIG RAGE AND PAIN OF THE SOUL BECAUSE BREAKING A PLANE IS LIKE THAT YOU DAMAGE A CHILD … AND ANGER COMPARED TO SOMEONE WHO KICKS A PENALTY AND MISSES. IT WAS A VERY SIMPLE BEAT, CAME TO REFUEL AND BRAKED MORE, IS AN AIRCRAFT THAT HAS THE BRAKES VERY JEALOUS, MAYBE A LITTLE SMUG I WANT TO LAND SHORT, I WAS WRONG. THESE THINGS HAPPEN TO US HUMANS, WE WERE WRONG” (machine translation.)

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