Pilot Dragged After Starting Plane | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 04.23.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.23.14 **
** Airborne 04.21.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.21.14 **
** Airborne 04.18.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.18.14 **

Sun, May 27, 2007

Pilot Dragged After Starting Plane

Don't Do This At Home

In an effort to prevent his antique single-engine Cessna from hitting houses, a 58-year old pilot was dragged more than 100 feet into a field as he attempted to jump inside the craft on Friday.

The pilot, Donald Bradley, had restored the plane and was starting it by hand-propping the craft, reported the (MA) Republican. Apparently, the plane started moving forward without him.

Said Deputy Chief Duane A. Nichols, "He was trying to jump in and it dragged him quite a ways."

Bradley told authorities he was concerned that if he did not stop the plane, it would hit the nearby houses, Nichols said.

Bradley ran alongside the plane and in his effort to get in, he was dragged alongside, injuring his arm, legs, and back. The plane came to rest approximately 150 feet from the road, authorities said.

Police and firefighters were called to the field next to the road by Northampton (MA) airport, where the small red plane had come to rest shortly after 10 am, with its wheels on the ground. It sustained moderate damage, officials said.

An airport employee drove a golf cart to the plane and drove Bradley back through the dense grass to an ambulance waiting for him on the road. Bradley was able to walk, limping, from the golf cart to the ambulance and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

A neighbor, mowing his lawn, didn't realize anything was amiss until he saw people moving towards the plane.

"I've lived here six years and I haven't seen any accidents before this," he said.

FAA officials were called to the scene and will be investigating the incident.

FMI: www.faa.gov, www.hartzellprop.com/flight_safety/safety_prop_safe.htm

Advertisement

More News

Luftwaffe Ju 52 Discovered On The Bottom Of The Black Sea

Plane Disappeared 67 Years Ago On Transport Mission To The Eastern Front A plane missing since 1942 has been discovered in about 75 feet of water in the Black Sea has been identifi>[...]

AD: British Aerospace Regional Aircraft Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-07-09 PRODUCT: British Aerospace Regional Aircraft Jetstream Series 3101 and Jetstream Model 3201 airplanes.>[...]

AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-08-04 PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A310 series airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.14)

South Bay Soaring Society The South Bay Soaring Society (SBSS) is a non-profit radio controlled glider club based in San Jose, CA. They have flying sites in San Jose, Santa Clara, >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.14): Dew Point (Abbrev. DWPT)

A measure of atmospheric moisture. It is the temperature to which air must be cooled in order to reach saturation (assuming air pressure and moisture content are constant).>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC