Accidental Lakeland LSA Flight Ends In Embarassment, No Injuries | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Oshkosh Day One

Oshkosh Day Two

Airborne 07.20.16

Airborne 07.21.16

Airborne 07.22.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Oshkosh Day One

Oshkosh Day Two

Airborne 07.20.16

Airborne 07.21.16

Airborne 07.22.16

Tweet Us The Coolest Things You See @OSH16!
#OSH16Coolest!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

 

Mon, Apr 10, 2006

Accidental Lakeland LSA Flight Ends In Embarassment, No Injuries

Inadvertant Engine Start Sends Plane Across Walkway

It could have been much worse... but fortunately, the only victims of an inadvertant engine start that sent a Dova Skylark careening across a pedestrian walkway Saturday evening at the Sun 'N Fun Fly-In were the plane itself, two ground vehicles, and the nerves of many who witnessed the accident.

The Skylark (file photo of type, above) -- a two-seat, low-wing, T-tailed light sport aircraft manufactured through a joint European-Canadian venture -- clipped a parked car with several kids inside as it crossed Sun 'N Fun Drive, a pedestrian and vehicle throughfare on the south end of the airshow field.

The car suffered minor damage, but the children inside were not injured -- nor was anyone else, thankfully, in the afterhours melee.

A Toyota pickup traveling down the road didn't fare as well, however. The aircraft collided with the truck before it came to rest against a fence bordering the campground -- with one of the Skylark's wings hanging over the waylaid pickup.

So, how did it happen? Lakeland Police Department spokesman Jack Gillen told the Lakeland Ledger that fly-in attendees may have fiddled with some of the Skylark's controls throughout the day, as they sat inside the aircraft on display at the Sportplanes.com tent.

Gillen told the Ledger just before 6 pm Saturday night, airplane representative Eric Dellenbach flipped the Skylark's ignition switch to check the fuel level. Instead, the engine started up and "went full throttle," overpowering the plane's tie-downs.

Dellenbach, who was in the passenger seat of the Skylark at the time, tried to stop the airplane -- but only the pilot's side rudder pedals are equipped with toe brakes, so he was unable to stop the aircraft before it went across the field.

The Skylark, valued at $75,000 (before the accident), is a total loss.

FMI: www.dovaaircraft.ca (Out Of Order at press time)

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 07.25.16: Pelton Opens OSH16!, Textron Denali, Eclipse CANADA

Also: PS Engineering Update, Martin Mars Wows Oshkosh, Garmin Plays 'Me, Too' With STCs, Comprehensive Jack Pelton Intvw, Part 1 EAA's Jack Pelton opened up Oshkosh 2016 with some >[...]

ANN FAQ: Q&A 101

A Few Questions AND Answers To Help You Get MORE Out of ANN!>[...]

Airborne 07.22.16: ONE Aviation New Jet, Drone Pilot Nabbed, Stemme Twin Voyager

Also: AEA Giveaway, 44 Trips To OSH, Airbus Drones, Future Pilots, NTSB Training, Air BP, Boeing Forecast, ALPA Milestone ONE Aviation has provided ANN with the initial outline for>[...]

Only Sporty's!!! Sporty's Pilot Shop Helps ANN Cover Oshkosh 2016!

Sporty's Pilot Shop Is A Pivotal GA Resource! Sporty’s Pilot Shop was founded over 50 years ago by a flight instructor, and ever since has been for pilots and by pilots. Hal >[...]

Aspen Avionics, True Innovators, Present OSH2016 Special Event Coverage!

OSH2016 Sponsor: Always-Innovative Aspen Avionics Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced display and sensor technology from the >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC