Pilot Anthony Carr
By Diane Walker
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan
One year ago, a plane crashed at Richmond International Airport — the pilot inside the charred, mangled plane actually survived. Now, the pilot is talking to us about how his life has changed.
The pilot, 25-year-old Anthony Carr, has had a long recovery.
The twin engine plane crashed just moments after take off at Richmond International Airport.
Carr, still alive, was pinned in the aircraft. He suffered 2nd to 4th degree burns to 60 percent of his body.
He also had six broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, internal bleeding, and a fractured face.
"I've had 19 surgeries since April of last year, and probably have at least six or seven left," said Carr.
Carr spent months at VCU Medical Center — it's been a hard journey to get to where he is now.
"It's been pretty grueling. I've had hours upon hours of physical and occupational therapy, ongoing surgeries probably once or twice a month over the past year."
At the time, Carr, at 24 years old, had been flying for about eight years.
He got his private pilot's license at 16 — learning to fly before he could drive.
Carr was a flight instructor for a while and was transferred to Richmond to fly the "Piper Navajo" — a cargo plane.
Carr had a love for flying... but right now he's grounded under workers comp and is seeing a psychologist.
"Obviously, you can imagine it takes a toll on you not only physically but mental things to work through as well."
The first responders who helped rescue Carr were honored by Henrico Fire and EMS this week.
Anthony Carr was there to personally thank them — again — for saving his life.
"I've got an amazing group of surgeons and doctors at MCV that have helped me out, and of course through the grace of the Richmond Airport Fire Dept. and Henrico County Station 6, I've got a lot of support."
Carr said his next set of surgeries will be in the fall.
His love of writing poetry helps him cope during his recovery process.
Original story: http://www.nbc12.com
Piper PA-31-350, N3547C
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, April 11, 2011 in Richmond, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N3547C
Injuries: 1 Serious.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.
On April 11, 2011, at 2127 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-31-350, N3547C, operated by Airnet Systems, Inc. as U.S. Check flight 901, was destroyed when it impacted a taxiway after takeoff from Richmond International Airport (RIC), Richmond, Virginia. The certificated commercial pilot was seriously injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which was destined for Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT), Charlotte, North Carolina. The non-scheduled cargo flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.
According to preliminary witness and air traffic control information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Virginia State Police, the airplane was departing from runway 20. After reaching about 200 feet above ground level, the airplane descended and impacted taxiway uniform, which was located parallel to runway 20. Initial ground scars were observed on the taxiway about 3,500 feet beyond the approach end of the runway, and extended about 260 feet to where the main wreckage came to rest, oriented roughly 160 degrees magnetic. Airport Fire-Rescue responded immediately to the accident scene and extricated the pilot from the wreckage.
The majority of the airframe exhibited extensive impact and post-impact fire-related damage. The empennage was almost completely consumed by fire. Follow-up examination of the wreckage was scheduled for a later date.