A student pilot practicing touch-and-goes in Farmington (NM)
apparently lost power Thursday night, causing his plane to pile
into a police building near Four Corners Regional Airport. The
student-pilot, who's not yet been identified, was seriously
injured, according to local authorities.
The aircraft impacted a part of the building that houses the
detective unit, according to Fire Marshal Herb Veazey.
"There’s some structural damage inside the building a lot of
glass and debris strewn about...bent and twisted I-beams inside the
office area," says Veazey. "We have a lot of fuel leaking down
inside the building."
John V. Salamone won't be flying himself around for awhile. The
FAA, ruling that he endangered his life and the lives of others,
revoked his license after he allegedly flew his 1967 Cherokee Six
(file photo of type, below) while drunk last week.
Authorities say a preliminary breath test rang up .13 percent --
the amount of alcohol in his bloodstream. The legal limit for
flying is .04 percent, while the legal limit for driving in
Pennsylvania is .08 percent.
The FAA ordered Salamone to either mail in his flight certificate
or deliver it to the office in Jamaica (NY). All this, after
Salamone's flight of January 15th, when officials say he penetrated
Philidelphia Class B airspace without permission.
Four US Marines aboard a UH-1 helicopter were killed when it
went down at Camp Pendleton (CA) Thursday night. It was an
especially hard blow for members of Pendleton's aviation unit.
Three of their own were killed in a UH-1N crash in Iraq last
"This certainly is a tragedy, and we hope we are able to assist the
families of the victims during this time," Maj. T.V. Johnson
Airline passengers worried about privacy in an age where
airlines and the government are sharing their personal information
have been calling the Air Transport Association, as the government
continues to move toward using information like credit reports to
weed out potential hijackers.
And there doesn't appear to be an easy answer on the horizon.
ATA members met with Nuala O'Connor Kelly Friday. She's the chief
privacy officer at the Homeland Security Department. But the
meeting apparently didn't yield much in the way of solutions to the
thorny issue of balancing privacy with protection.
Something looked a little fishy when Pennsylvania Republican
congressional candidate Frank Ryan's mailer went out recently. The
brochure showed a picture of a military aircraft firing flares.
Ryan, a former Marine, said in the copy that he took the photo on a
"bombing run" that was his "personal response to September 11th
that I unleashed against Al Qaeda and the Taliban."
There's just one thing. The aircraft Ryan said was on a "bombing
run" was a C-130 Hercules. "Our C-130s are not bombers," Air Force
spokeswoman Maj. Stephanie Holcombe said.
Put this one in the history books: The first amateur-built
designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) was officially and
fully authorized this week to perform homebuilt aircraft
inspections on behalf of the FAA. Suitably, the first AB-DAR hails
from EAA: Joe Norris, senior aviation information specialist. Joe
received his final orientation via telephone interview Thursday
from the principal inspector at Minneapolis (MSP) Manufacturing
Inspection District Office (MIDO).
There's more life in store for critical components for
commercial aircraft. That's the result of an advanced laser peening
technology developed by researchers from Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory and a New Jersey firm.
The payoff is already proving huge: turbine engine parts that last
longer, reduced maintenance costs, and annual savings of hundreds
of millions of dollars.
"I was pulling into the back entrance of the police
department when a plane was on coming on a northwestern approach to
the airport and appeared to have lost power and fell straight into
the north end of the building of the Farmington police
Source: Farmington (NM) police sergeant who witnessed the
crash of a B36 into a police building near the Four Corners
Regional Airport Thursday night. The unidentified student pilot,
who was the only person on board the aircraft, miraculously
survived the accident with head and facial injuries. Ten inmates
locked up at the station were transferred to the San Juan County
Detention Center. No one on the ground was hurt.