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    A Rash of Accidents in the Erie Region

    Over the last month there have been 4-5 accidents in the NW PA/ SE NY
    region, and sadly at least two have involved fatalities. I say "at least"
    because the Coast Guard is searching right now and has been since Friday
    evening for an aircraft with three souls on board; more about that
    accident in a minute.

    It started about 4 weeks ago with what seems to me to have been one of the
    most blatant cases of "gotta-get-home-itis" I have ever heard of. Instead
    ending at home in Smyrna, DE, the trip ended 1/4 mile short of runway 24
    at ERI with three dead and a fourth still, I believe, in serious condition
    at a local hospital.

    Earlier this week, a round of sightseeing flights ended 100 yards short of
    the runway at the Corry-Lawrence Airport in an approach to landing stall
    with one fatality (the pilot), and one serious injury. Happily a 13-year
    old girl crawled out from the back of the Skyhawk with only minor
    injuries. The pilot, who had completed his training for his license in
    May, was completing the second sightseeing trip for friends when the
    accident occurred.

    Two other incidents involved off-airport landings but fortunately no
    fatalities.

    So what is the CG looking for this morning in Lake Erie. Well, this one
    is a little "close to home". It seems a young man had a friend with a
    commercial license. This young man negotiated with his friend to fly to
    the airport in Meadville, PA to pick him and his lady friend up Friday
    evening for a sightseeing flight over Niagara Falls. It is reported that
    this young man proposed to his lady during one of four loops around the
    Falls. The plane was on the way home when it disappearred from the radar
    screens at Buffalo Approach. The young man was a former student of mine,
    Kevin Jestead. In fact, Kevin and I had flown to Punxsatawney, PA to
    arrange an internship for him. Kevin was a member of the Air Force
    reserve and about to graduate with a degree in forensic chemistry and
    teacher certification in secondary education - chemistry.

    To my knowledge, no member of MM or BAC has been involved in any of these
    incidents. I am thankful for that! But my fingers are crossed this
    morning in hopes of a miracle! I also have my fingers crossed with the
    hope that we will ALL fly safely and that this crazy string of accidents
    will end!

    Paul Edwards and Sheril Kolenda
    2388Z
    Safely in the hanger at ERI


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    A Rash of Accidents in the Erie Region

    Sorry to hear about the person you knew. It's that time of year
    again when the rate goes up eeach summer. In about 2 months you'll
    hear of hunters finding the planes that disappeared in a hilly or
    mountainous area. Water makes finding planes really tough, as
    current moves them easily across the bottom unless the plane is
    really broken up.

    One of the best synopsis is an annual AOPA product called the Nall
    report. If you want to know where the real problems lay and become
    safer through awareness, it's easy to go through quickly, worth
    reading, and is at http://www.aopa.org/asf/publications/04nall.pdf

    Bob
    A&P, Aero Eng

    --- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, "Paul Edwards and Sheril
    Kolenda" <sparknco@v...> wrote:
    >
    > Over the last month there have been 4-5 accidents in the NW PA/ SE
    NY
    > region, and sadly at least two have involved fatalities. I
    say "at least"
    > because the Coast Guard is searching right now and has been since
    Friday
    > evening for an aircraft with three souls on board; more about that
    > accident in a minute.
    >
    > It started about 4 weeks ago with what seems to me to have been
    one of the
    > most blatant cases of "gotta-get-home-itis" I have ever heard of.
    Instead
    > ending at home in Smyrna, DE, the trip ended 1/4 mile short of
    runway 24
    > at ERI with three dead and a fourth still, I believe, in serious
    condition
    > at a local hospital.
    >
    > Earlier this week, a round of sightseeing flights ended 100 yards
    short of
    > the runway at the Corry-Lawrence Airport in an approach to landing
    stall
    > with one fatality (the pilot), and one serious injury. Happily a
    13-year
    > old girl crawled out from the back of the Skyhawk with only minor
    > injuries. The pilot, who had completed his training for his
    license in
    > May, was completing the second sightseeing trip for friends when
    the
    > accident occurred.
    >
    > Two other incidents involved off-airport landings but fortunately
    no
    > fatalities.
    >
    > So what is the CG looking for this morning in Lake Erie. Well,
    this one
    > is a little "close to home". It seems a young man had a friend
    with a
    > commercial license. This young man negotiated with his friend to
    fly to
    > the airport in Meadville, PA to pick him and his lady friend up
    Friday
    > evening for a sightseeing flight over Niagara Falls. It is
    reported that
    > this young man proposed to his lady during one of four loops
    around the
    > Falls. The plane was on the way home when it disappearred from
    the radar
    > screens at Buffalo Approach. The young man was a former student
    of mine,
    > Kevin Jestead. In fact, Kevin and I had flown to Punxsatawney, PA
    to
    > arrange an internship for him. Kevin was a member of the Air Force
    > reserve and about to graduate with a degree in forensic chemistry
    and
    > teacher certification in secondary education - chemistry.
    >
    > To my knowledge, no member of MM or BAC has been involved in any
    of these
    > incidents. I am thankful for that! But my fingers are crossed
    this
    > morning in hopes of a miracle! I also have my fingers crossed
    with the
    > hope that we will ALL fly safely and that this crazy string of
    accidents
    > will end!
    >
    > Paul Edwards and Sheril Kolenda
    > 2388Z
    > Safely in the hanger at ERI




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