Mon, May 21, 2007
Biplane Lands Hard On Runway
A stunt pilot survived a close call
at at the Fairhope Festival of Flight in Alabama this weekend.
Robbie Grice was nearing the end of his demonstration at the show
Saturday, when his "Alley Cat" modified Ag-Cat
biplane impacted the runway hard on its landing gear.
This was no mere hard landing, however. A witness to the
accident told ANN Grice was performing the final maneuver of his
routine -- an inside loop, with rollout to landing -- and
it appeared the plane may have come out of the loop too low to the
ground. The plane impacted flat on its gear, and skidded to a stop
at the edge of the runway.
It appears the plane stayed upright through the mishap.
Grice was able to exit the aircraft, and held up both arms up
to the crowd to signify he was okay... but fell to the ground
after walking a short distance from the wreckage. He was taken
to a local hospital for observation, and was listed in fair
condition Saturday night.
After the wreckage was taken away, the air show continued at
Fairhope Municipal Airport without incident.
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