Monday, April 30, 2007

Plane Crash at KHAO

A quick follow-up to my Sunday post describing my landing practice at the Butler County Regional airport. It couldn't have been more than a half an hour after I was there that a Cessna 210 crashed at the airport. Very spooky. The Dayton Daily News has photos of the crash posted. A lot of damage to the airplane. It looks like they were off to the side of the runway. The 4th picture gives a good idea where the plane ended up.

There was a gusty wind when I was there, but it didn't seem too bad and the wind was more or less down the runway. While practicing there was one approach where a gust caused me to flare a bit high. I just executed a go-around (also good practice) and came around again and landed. If anything, there was a slight crosswind right to left so I'm guessing there was another reason they ended up off the right side of the runway. I'm doubting the weather was an issue.

Unfortunately the three occupants were taken to the hospital -- no word on their condition although the Hamilton News said one person was taken by air care to University hospital. I did a quick N number search and one of the co-owners of the 1964 plane was from Canton, OH.


Erika said...

scary stuff. be careful out there!

Josh Lane said...

Glad to hear you're okay, Earl. Safe flying.