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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:717] Pitts crash...more information



                


Thread: [IAC-L:717] Pitts crash...more information

Message: [IAC-L:717] Pitts crash...more information

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From: N77TW at aol.com

Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 19:02:28 UTC


Message:

 The following information is believed to be accurate but is unverified.

Pilot, Todd Krasca, flying an S-1, blue and white, departed Van Nuys airport
about 1300 Sunday afternoon.  Soon after departure the a/c  was observed from
the ground, steeply banked and attempting to return to the field.  At about
the same time, ground personnel on the airport heard three MAYDAY calls.

It has been reported pieces of the a/c were observed falling from the plane
as the pilot attempted to avoid people and things and to land on a city
street.   The pilot maintained airspeed, there was no stall/spin but in
attempting to maneuver to avoid powerlines, and other obstructions, the a/c
bounced twice, the second bounce left the a/c about 45 degrees nose down  at
impact.  

Reports are the pilot had no pulse when the first rescuers arrived on the
scene.  

Todd was a relatively new member of  Chapter 49 and recently had taken a
third in Sportsman at the Paso Robles Contest.

Chapter 36 extends it's most sincere condolences to Todd's family and
friends.


Bill Bancroft
n77tw at aol.com
Chapter 36, San Diego, California



                


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