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Piper Crash in Florida Parking Lot

On March 15, 2013, a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain took off from a small Fort Lauderdale airport, developed problems and struck a tree while returning to the airport. The plane impacted the ground in a parking lot for repossessed cars at 964 NW 53rd Court which was described as going up like a fireball.

No one on the ground was injured but there were three fatalities aboard. Kevin Watson, in his 30s, and his father, Wallace, who owned Avionics Engineering were aboard.

Locals are concerned about aviation safety and are interested in having city inspectors to check planes for safety like the FAA and NTSB.

The fire at the lot was under control within thirty minutes.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

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Hog Hunters Flipped in Chopper Bang-Up

At 9 a m Jan 26,2013, a Hiller UH-12B helicopter crashed east of the St. Lucie-Okeechobee County line in a swamp between Okeechobee Road and Orange Avenue, west of the Adams Ranch The three men aboard,Pilot William Harward, and passengers Jonathan Strayer, 46, and Massad Ayoob, 64 were hospitalized at Raulerson Memorial Hospital.

The helicopter had been chartered to “shoot feral hogs from a helicopter with .44 Magnum revolvers” a pastime that has been called pest eradication. A blog has released that the main rotor hit treetops, and the helicopter ended up upside down.

Cropdusting Chopper Crash in S. Africa

On Jan 18, 2013, a private crop dusting Bell 47 helicopter near Dunstan Farrell TB hospital in Hibberdene S. Africa developed an engine problem.

A witness says the pilot struck a tree while spraying a field of ground nuts.

The ambulance company received the call at 9:00 a.m.

The pilot managed to land in a sugar cane field before the helicopter caught fire. The pilot escaped by pushing out the glass, and suffered minor injuries but the helicopter was a total loss. He was hospitalized. There wasn’t much more than the tail left remaining of the cropduster.

Sarasota Seaplane Crash

On 12-JAN-2013 at 3:30 pm, a single engine SEAWIND 3000 seaplane was taking off from Sarasota for Venice Airport when it crashed after takeoff.

The pilot died in the collision; the passenger survived with injuries. The seaplane did not gain enough altitude and struck a couple of trees. It impacted near the New College of Florida campus. The passenger, a 63-year-old man from Michigan was taken by medivac to Tampa General Hospital.

Witnesses say the plane made a sound like a gunshot before it lost altitude, missed power lines and reached a grassy field owned by USF New College. One witness saw the plane on fire before it hit the ground.

No one on the ground was injured.


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Unqualified Pilot Sued for Daughter’s Death

Accidents are what happen when you think they won’t.

If Steven Fay had known Jessica Malin would die in the flight and he would survive, he never would have taken her on the twin engine Cessna on Jan 1, 2011. At 4:30 p.m. on on Jan 1, 2011, the day of the crash, the plane’s wings clipped treetops while landing in Orange about 90 minutes after sunset.

He shouldn’t have flown her. He was not certified to fly the plane, which crashed approach to Orange Municipal Airport. His license was revoked after the crash. He was arraigned on Feb 1 2012 for involuntary manslaughter for Jessica Malin’s death. Malin was his daughter. She was 35.

Fay denied the charges. He returns to court on Feb 24.

Chopper Crashes Palm Beach House

What: Rented Robinson R22 recreational chopper
Where: Palm Beach
When: Nov 5, 2011
Who: 1 pilot, 1 passenger
Why: The rented recreational chopper struck palm trees and power lines, then clipped the house, landing in the front yard. No fatalities. The damage to the chopper is described as substantial.

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Small Plane Lost in Maine Kills 2

This is not George A. Fortin’s N96389; it is a Taylorcraft BC-12D Twosome photographed at Millinocket Municipal Airport in Maine
Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net
Contact photographer Paul Robbins

What: vintage 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D en route from Limington airport
Where: field near Cape Monday Road, Harrison, Maine,
40 miles northwest of Portland
When: August 14 2010
Who: 2 fatalities
Why: The flight was reported lost when it did not return Saturday night. The wreckage was found 6 am Sunday. It appears that the pilot struck trees while attempting a field landing.

Pilot George A. Fortin and passenger Anatole “Tony” Kalinuk were killed in the crash.

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Tree Strike Kills 1

Pictured: A Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee in Arkansas
Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net
Contact photographer Jason W. Hamm

What: Oak Ridge Flyers Inc. Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee B
Where: Oliver Springs Airport in Anderson County, TN
When: 18-OCT-2009
Who: 4 on board, 1 fatality
Why: After a hard landing, the plane struck a tree.

The pilot was Doyle R. Chadwick.

The passengers, all of whom survived, were Phillip Byrge, 49, and his 12-year-old son Nathan and 8-year-old daughter Mary.

President of the Oliver Springs Airport board of directors,Steve Hamel, was quoted as saying that he believes “Wind and a wet runway likely played a role in the crash….It’s a grass runway, and it looks like the skid marks of extended distance here, that the brakes may have been locked up on the airplane”

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Ecuador Crash Kills 7, Maybe More

What: twin-engine Beechcraft 200 propeller plane en route from Manta to Quito’s airport
Where: 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from the airport near Hotel Quito
When: 5:20 pm (2220 GMT)
Who: seven people were killed: 5 aboard; 2 on the ground
Why: small military plane on a training flight clipped some tree tops and crashed into an apartment building. The reports list two buildings.
Initial reports said the deaths included the wife and son of the pilot, Major Julio Zaldumbide but we have not verified that information.

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Piper Crashes in Hawaii, multiple injured

What: single-engine Piper Cherokee registered to Offshore Flight School Inc
Where: near White Plains Beach, near Kalaeloa, the former Barbers Point the former Barbers Point, Hawaii
When: 11:46 a.m.
Who: two women and a man were injured in the crash. The official opinion of the pilot is that she did a good job in not stalling the plane.
Why: The pilot reported steering problems shortly after takeoff. The plane was flying practice routes around Kalaeloa and lost power on departure. On attempting an emergency landing, the plane flew through power lines, plunged through trees that broke off the aircraft’s wings and crashed just outside the runway area.

Offshore Flight School gives flight lessons to Japanese tourists.

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Bloodied Pilot survives Florida Crash

What: Mooney M-20G registered to Wendy Taber, of Greenacres, and co-owners Gerald Taber and Jim McAlister. The flight came down while en route from Lantana to Titusville
Where: near Englar Drive and Harris Road, Indian River County
When: Midnight Friday
Who: Injured pilot was taken to the Sebastian River Medical Center, and is in stable condition. He does not recall the crash, but bruised and bloody walked a quarter of a mile to a residence to make a call to 911.
Why: Under Investigation. The plane apparently clipped trees coming down, breaking the wings off the intact fuselage.

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