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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1347] Re: misc Q on John Denver


Thread: [IAC-L:1347] Re: misc Q on John Denver

Message: [IAC-L:1347] Re: misc Q on John Denver

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From: harley at (harley Carnes)

Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 15:10:40 UTC


 Tom R. Myers wrote:
> > what homebuilt was John Denver flying?
> a long-ez. tom.
> --
> Tom R. Myers
> 408-481-8796 (W)
> 650-328-2141 (H)
> tomm at

Right Tom.
   It was a Long Eze, took posession of it on Saturday, spent some of
the time cleaning it up, and looking it over that day. 
   On Sunday - after a round of golf (He was NOT drinking - according to
all reports, including those of his golfing buddies, he decided to go
flying.  He did a few take offs and landings, and was in contact with
the tower when he went in - apparantly while fiddling with a balky
transponder.  His last words were something on the order of, "do you
have it now?" 
   The unofficial theory is that .. he was low, <500 agl, moving fairly
quickly and while leaning forward to adjust/reset/redial his txpdr, may
have leaned on the stick.  Couple of seconds later - wham.  
    He was a long time pilot, had some ability - flew taildraggers, once
owned a Skybolt (?), and some other things.  Loved flying.  
    He obviously thumbed his nose at the relatively recent rule that
jerked his medical over DUI busts on the ground.  No one ever said he
flew while drinking.  
    NTSB will take a long time to figure things out .. but the
unofficial word is (and I can tell you, may not make it as broadly into
the press - as the sky is falling mentality that says, oh now, another
one of them homebuilt planes fell outa the sky) .. that JD simply made a
mistake of inattention,and blew it.  
     As for witness accounts that they heard popping noises before the
plane went in .. file it away under 'aviation witness reports', and toss
a salt shaker in with it.   

Harley Carnes
Afternoon Anchor
WCBS News - New York 

harley at


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