US: FAA to probe stunt: 200+ mph Biplane flies within 2 feet of man riding a 4-wheeler on runway in Texas – 240113 1100z

Man Riding A Four-Wheeler On The Runway Was Captured On Video, Both Appear To Nearly Be Hit In Planned Stunt

“A viral video making the rounds of the Internet shows a man riding a four-wheeler on a runway in Texas nearly being struck by a biplane making a high-speed, low-altitude pass down the strip with smoke on.

The online site The Smoking Gun reportsthat the stunt, which wascaptured on videoat LancasterRegional Airport (KLNC)in Lancaster, TX, was planned, though those where were participating may not have been completely aware of how close the plane was going to be to them. The person riding the four-wheeler did not swerve as the airplane approached at a high rate of speed, though the woman (at least it sounds like a woman, ed)making the video screams as the modified Pitts S2S roars past, and then utters an expletive not appropriate for broadcast television.

The Smoking Gun reports that the pilot of the plane is “extreme aerobatic pilot” Jason Newburg. The video was posted by “Team Stunters,” a group that says it performs “stuntbike street shows.” Team Stunterssaid on Twitter that the video was part of a “practice session” for anupcoming show, and that the plane was traveling in excess of 200 mph.

The video has also caught the attention of the FAA, which is reportedly looking into the stunt. Lancaster City Manager Opal Mauldin Robertson said the pilot, who she declined to name, has an aerobatic waiver on file with the city, but the FAA says it has no record of the document. Robertson said the city will be cooperating fully with the FAA in its investigation of the stunt and reviewing the pilot’s activities.

The video has been re-posted by dozens of YouTube users and has accumulated thousands of views. We suppose that the best thing to say about it at this point is “don’t try this at home.”” – aero-news.net

US: Small plane crashed into Florida home, kills 3 aboard, woman occupier dived through glass window and survives injured – 050113 1325z

A small plane crashed into a home in eastern Florida on Friday, killing all three people aboard, the Florida Highway Patrol said. It happened at 2:22 p.m., 12 minutes after the pilot declared an emergency, saying the plane was severely shaking, the highway patrol said.

A middle-aged woman who lived alone in the house dived through a closed window to get out after the plane hit, neighbor Joe McBride, 71, said. The highway patrol said she was taken to the hospital, but they did not have details on her injuries.

“She went right through the glass window,” McBride said. “She’s banged up, but she’s going to be all right.” He added, “She’s lucky to be alive because that house is a wreck.”

The Beechcraft BE35 was en route to Knoxville Downtown Island Airport in Tennessee, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta. It wasn’t immediately known from where the plane originated.

The plane was diverting to Flagler County Airport, near the coast about 30 miles north of Daytona Beach, when it crashed a mile east of the airport, Bergen said.

Video from CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13 showed white smoke rising from a large, black hole in the one-story house, which is surrounded by trees. Parts of the roof were melted away.

“Because of the steepness of the trees in the area, the tall pine trees, it looks like it was a pretty steep descent and it went right into the roof,” Lt. Justin Asbury of the highway patrol said.

McBride said he was looking outside when the plane passed low overhead not more than 40 feet in the air, he estimated. “I could look into it, almost,” he said.

The plane was making an odd sound as it passed overhead, as if it was stalling, he said. “It sounded like the engine wasn’t running right at all.” The plane took down all the utility wires on the street, which is in a rural residential area with many retirees. He said it appeared the plane was going in the general direction of the airport, but not directly toward it.

Saturday, 05 January, 2013 at 04:28 (04:28 AM) UTC RSOE

Update:

Authorities say at least three people are dead after a small plane crashed into a house while trying to land at a central Florida airport.

The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the deaths Friday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot reported mechanical problems shortly after 2 p.m. Friday.

The Beechcraft BE35, which had three people onboard, had been heading to Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., but diverted to the Flagler County Airport. FAA officials didn’t immediately know where the plane took off.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reports that the plane hit a Palm Coast home just east of the airport a few minutes after the pilot’s call. The house caught fire, but the home’s owner was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Saturday, 05 January, 2013 at 05:14 UTC RSOE

Pilot reported engine, oil pressure problems before crash

CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13

“PALM COAST –

Newly-released radio transmissions show the pilot of a small plane reported engine and oil pressure problems before crashing into a Flagler County home, killing all three on board.

Pilot: Daytona, this is 3-7-5. We got a, we got a vibration in the prop. I need some help here.

Tower: 3-7-Bravo-Roger the closest airport is, ah, 12 oclock. 12 to 1 oclock in 5 miles and uh, are you I-F-R capable and equipped?

Pilot: Yeah, Im I-F-R. Im just- we got a little bit of vibration and we got oil pressure problems- were going to have to drop quickly here.

Federal aviation investigators said air traffic controllers were diverting the plane to the Flagler County Airport after the pilot expressed some trouble with the airplane and lost contact with him about 20 minutes after he radioed for help.

The plane crashed into a home on Utica Path around 2 p.m. Friday.

Neighbors said they heard a loud boom and it looked like the plane took a nose dive straight into the house.

Susan Crockett was inside when the plane went down, but she narrowly escaped through a window.

She was taken to Flagler Hospital Flagler where she is in stable condition.

Crockett’s daughter, Jessica, said God saved her mother.

“It’s nothing but God. The fact that my mom survived. The fact that she was able to get out. My mom is a strong woman and she, nothing will shake her because she has faith in God,” Jessica said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the plane was headed from Ft. Pierce, FL to Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn.

Three people on board the plane were killed instantly. Their identities have not yet been released.

Utica Path remains closed to all traffic.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Flagler County Sheriffs Office are investigating the crash.

Preliminary Report from Florida Highway Patrol

The Florida Highway Patrol is currently conducting a preliminary plane crash investigation while awaiting the arrival of the FAA and NTSB. There are three deceased at the scene. Preliminary information indicates that the plane was traveling from Ft. Pierce, FL to Knoxville, TN. The aircraft was registered out of the British Virgin Islands.

The pilot reported having engine trouble, saw smoke, and then entered an area of bad weather. Shortly thereafter, the 911 calls began at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office regarding a plane crashing into a house at 22 Utica Path, in the Seminole Woods Subdivision of Palm Coast.

Only portions of the wing remained and it appears the plane made a steep decent prior to entering the roof of the home.

A fire ensued and consumed the remainder of the plane and a great portion of the house. One resident of the home, Susan Crockett, in her bedroom at the time of the crash, had to escape through the window. She has been treated at a local hospital and has been released.

FAA and NTSB are expected at the scene this evening and will again be on scene tomorrow. Any questions information regarding the cause of the crash should be asked of these entities following their arrival.” – CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13

Download video here: http://static.cfnews13.com/newsvideo/cfn/Palm-Coast-crash-0105.flv

Shoppers in supermarket experimental plane crash horror

 
 
 

 

“A small experimental plane sputtered and crashed in flames into a supermarket at a Florida shopping center Monday evening, injuring five people and sending frightened shoppers running from the complex, authorities said.

 

Several people in the Northgate Shopping Center in DeLand dialed 911 around 7:20 p.m. to report the the aircraft had plunged into the complex, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. Callers said the plane showed signs of trouble moments before it hit the roof of the supermarket of the Florida-based Publix chain. “A twin-engine experiment aircraft has crashed into the roof of the Publix supermarket,” DeLand Police Sgt. Chris Estes told The Associated Press by telephone. “Publix is the only structure to suffer any damage.” But he said all the businesses in the complex were closed to make way for emergency crews. He said the plane had taken off from a nearby municipal airport in DeLand, a Florida city about 20 miles west of Daytona Beach.

The police spokesman added that three people had suffered severe burns and two others had moderate burns but he didn’t specify who on the ground or on the aircraft were injured. However, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said a pilot and a passenger from the plane were airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Spokesman Gerardo Morales later confirmed to AP that two people had been airlifted there, but he declined to identify them or discuss their injuries. Marleny Arevalo, a manager at a nearby Taco Bell fast food restaurant, said she didn’t hear or see the crash but customers entering the outlet reacted with shocked looks moments afterward. “They said, “Something’s burning!” she told The Associated Press by telephone.

Arevalo said she quickly ran with another employee to the shopping center and saw flames in the air shooting from near the back of the Publix supermarket. “There was a lot of smoke. When I first saw it, there was fire in the air and then it was just a lot of black smoke,” she said, adding she tried to go behind the supermarket where fire officials blocked the area. She said they also blocked surrounding roads for hours afterward. Roth Peeler, who lives about 300 feet behind the store, told the Orlando Sentinel he saw the plane go down. “A small … yellow plane spiraled right down and through the roof and just exploded,” Peeler said. “Not a piece of the plane came out. It’s all in the store.” “I went around the front and saw people running out of the store and trying to get into their cars and out of the parking lot,” he added. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were in the shopping center at the time of the crash or where exactly the plane had struck the supermarket. Broadcast station WFTV reported on its website that Publix employees who declined identification looked up after the plane crashed through the roof. The station reported that workers saw the pilot and a passenger climb from the plane with their clothing on fire. The report added that a manager in the supermarket meat department was able to put out the fire in their clothes and rush them outside for help.

The report said both of the plane’s occupants were severely burned and three other adult shoppers in the store were taken to a local hospital where one was treated and released. The report said none of the shoppers had life-threatening injuries, quoting an unnamed hospital official. A dark column of smoke wafted from the supermarket rooftop after the crash. About 20 fire trucks at one point crowded about the complex. Firefighters atop a truck’s extension ladder poured streams of water on the flames. Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told The Associated Press in an email that the FAA did not provide air traffic services for the flight and had no information on the plane, its flight or those aboard. A call by AP to Publix at its Lakeland, Fla., headquarters was not answered Monday evening. Its website says it has 748 store locations in Florida and dozens more in four other Southern states, the largest employe-owned supermarket chain in the U.S.” – RSOE