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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 tcdesigns.com (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 freenet.columbus.oh.us The Dispatch should be congratulated and thanked for even-handed, fair minded, well written coverage. Verry refreshing, eh?!