Early reports said that there were
some who thought the engine had quit, on Robert Gisburne's Questair
Venture; we noted that a local ANN News-Spy said
the landing was just really, really hot.
The NTSB's preliminary report tends to support our News-Spy: "A
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector stated that the
airplane touched down 2/3 down the runway where he observed skid
marks on the runway. The airplane veered to the right crossing over
a section of dirt before entering the taxiway. Once on the taxiway
the pilot was able to straighten out the airplane. The pilot
powered up the engine, and turned the airplane back towards the
runway. As the airplane traveled at a 45-degree angle to the
runway, it crossed a section of dirt, where the left main landing
gear struck a VASI light. The airplane started to porpoise down the
runway, and continued off the runway, still at a 45-degree angle.
The airplane became airborne and flew over a wash. After crossing
the wash the airplane flew into a wall."
Gisburne and his passenger, 74-year-old Charles Tegeler of
Scottsdale (AZ), Gisburne's father-in-law, dead at the scene of the
'egg's' crash and ensuing fire.
We understand these were the first fatalities at Carefree, which
is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.