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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1516] Re: Ken Hadden's death


Thread: [IAC-L:1516] Re: Ken Hadden's death

Message: [IAC-L:1516] Re: Ken Hadden's death

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From: harley at (harley Carnes)

Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 13:48:30 UTC


 Eric Rood wrote:
> The following story appeared on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch.
> Aerobatic Pilot dies in crash
> Air champion Ken Hadden killed as plane goes down
> By Don Baird
> Dispatch Staffer
> DELAWARE, Ohio - A pilot famed internationally for his expertise in
> acrobatic flying was killed yesterday when his plane crashed and exploded
> while he was doing one of aviation's simplest maneuvers over a farm field
> 11 miles northwest of here.
>   Ken Hadden, 57, of 943 Mulberry Lane, Worthington, had just refueled his
> newly purchased plane at Packer Aviation, 5266 Mooney Rd., when he took
> off about noon from the tiny airport's single grass runway and attempted
> the maneuver, said Sgt. Ron Kuszmaul of the State Highway Patrol.
>   "He was a little bit too low when he tried to make the recovery,"
> Kuszmaul said. "It's a common (maneuver) that he's probably done
> thousands of times."
>   Hadden had rolled the single-engine onto its back and was attempting to
> right the plane when it dived nose first at about a 45-degree angle into
> the field about 800 feet from the west end of the runway, Kuszmaul said.
>   Friend and fellow aerobatic flyer Russell Sheets of Delaware said Hadden
> considered his maneuver to be precision aerobatics.
>   "Ken was an excellent pilot," Sheets said. "He taught me to fly. He was
> the tops in his field. There's only about 600 people in the world that do
> this kind of flying."
>   The two men belonged to the Ohio chapter of the International Aerobatic
> Club, based in Columbus.
>   Sheets accompanied Hadden's widow, Barbara, to the wreckage. "She wanted
> to see the site," he said. "She didn't want to believe it
> until she saw it."
>   Sheets and another pilot, Dave Boyers of Plain City, Ohio, said the
> crash was bewildering because of Hadden's skill and the toughness of his
> plane.
>   "There's some inherent risk in any kind of flying that you do," Sheets
> said. "It could have happened to anyone."
>   Hadden was flying a two-seat,mid-wing Extra 300/200, a $240,000 plane
> made in Germany specifically for aerobatics, Sheets said. It was not an
> experimental aircraft.
>      The main spars supporting the plane's wings are designed to withstand
> nine times the force of gravity. "It's literally impossible to break up in
> the air," Boyers said.
>   Hadden was alone in the red, white and blue plane and probably had come
> from Marion, where he kept a glider and was a member of the Central
> Ohio Soaring Association, Sheets said. It is believed he was headed to his
> home airport at Don Scott Field in Columbus.
>   Hadden won national and international championships in powered craft and
> acrobatic gliders. In August, he performed in a high-speed glider at the
> Rickenbacker Air Show. He practiced daily and logged thousands of hours
> flying.
>   A member of the board of directors of the U.S. Aerobatic Foundation, he
> had recently returned from competition in the First World Air Games held
> in Antalya, Turkey, where he was U.S. team captain, Sheets said.
>   However, Hadden once told the Dispatch, he had a fear of heights. "I
> can't look over the edge of a tall building," he quipped while
> participating in a tournament hosted by the International Aerobatic Club
> of Ohio at the Madison County airport near London, Ohio, in 1990.
>   "When I'm in control of a plane, I never think of being so high," Hadden
> said. "It's precision acrobatic flying. I'm not a stunt pilot"
>   In 1992, the former professional figure skater said, "We're athletes,
> like figure skaters in the air," The Dispatch reported. "A lot of things
> are going on very fast. You're working pedals and throttles under all
> kinds of forces and at all kinds of angles."
>   Mark Myers, vice president of CMH Aviation at Bolton Field, said
> Hadden's death comes as a blow. "We were very sad," he said.
> "We have lost a real friend to our industry. He was a good promoter of
> general aviation, pilots and acrobatic aviation."
>   Myers said Hadden held qualifiers for international acrobatic
> competitions at Bolton Field.
>   "He was a very strong man. He knew exactly, what he wanted and how to
> get it."
> Frank Hinchey, Dispatch assistant state editor, contributed to this story.
> Eric Rood
> ericrood at

The Dispatch should be congratulated and thanked for even-handed, fair
minded, well written coverage.  Verry refreshing, eh?!


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