Witnesses Saw Plane "Tumbling"
A homebuilt Vans RV-4 went down Sunday in the Orange County town
of Wallkill, NY. According to Federal Aviation Administration
spokeswoman Holly Baker, the accident occurred Sunday evening and
killed two people.
As of Monday night, it was not known who was on board the
aircraft (type shown above), where it was headed or why it crashed,
according to the Times Herald-Record.
Off-duty firefighter Patrick Cullen said he watched the plane
make a loop then go straight down. He went to the crash site and
found the aircraft crumpled and folded into itself.
Another witness, Sandra Perratta, said she initially thought the
pilot was performing aerobatics. She and a friend saw it "twist and
turn," and heard the engine quit.
"I look up and see it, then it was just tumbling and tumbling,"
The aircraft then disappeared behind a line of trees, followed
by a "boom" and people screaming, Perratta said.
Make/Model: RV4 Description:
Date: 06/24/2007 Time: 2237
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: WALLKILL State: NY Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN A FIELD UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE
TWO PERSONS ON
BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED, NEAR WALLKILL, NY
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: KMGJ 242154Z VRB04KT 10SM CLR 28/12 A3004
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: ALBANY, NY
Entry date: 06/25/2007