Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wings Over Gillespie Air Show Takes Flight this Weekend: Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), San Diego/El Cajon, California

Bearcats, Hellcats, Wildcats and Corsairs — the skies above and runway below will be filled with excitement and fun this weekend at Gillespie Field in El Cajon when the annual Wings Over Gillespie Air Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

The air show, which is put on each year at the County airport by Air Group 1, the San Diego chapter of the “Commemorative Air Force,” will feature aerobatic displays, wing-walking, a mock battle with pyrotechnics, military re-enactors, a fun zone for kids, a beer garden for adults — and lots of airplanes and aircraft.

There will also be amusements, rides, educational displays, and food and drink venders.

This year’s event celebrates San Diego’s contribution to aviation during WWII. Attendees can learn about what San Diego was like when it was home to major aviation industries and thousands of pilots.

General admission at the gate is $20 for adults and $15 for children between ages 7 and 14, seniors 65 and older, and active military members. The event is free for children 6 years old and under, and to all WWII veterans, Korean War veterans and Purple Heart recipients. Special two-day passes are also available. Online tickets start at $8 at Air Group 1’s website, http://ag1caf.org.

Just some of the aircraft that will be on display in the air and on the ground — many of which were designed and built in San Diego — include: the PBY-Catalina amphibious flying-boat; the Douglas C-53 D-Day Doll paratroop carrier; the Navy version of the famed B-24 bomber, the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer; “Lady Alice,” a P-51 Mustang; a P-63 Kingcrobra (used by the Soviet Union); and the only Northrup N-9M “Flying Wing.”

Aerobatic performer John Collver returns with “Wardog,” his North American T6-SNJ Texan. And the Silver Wings Wingwalking troupe will make their first appearance at Gillespie at this year’s event.

For more information, go to Air Group 1’s website.

Source:  http://scoopsandiego.com

Community Will Play A Role In Future Airport Restaurant: Tacoma Narrows (KTIW), Tacoma, Washington

 

Through an online campaign, the community can help finance the restaurant project at just $50 a piece, or "square."

When Harmon Brewing says it wants its future restaurant at the Tacoma Narrows Airport to be a community gathering spot, it isn't paying lip service.

It hopes that, literally, the community will have a role in the future Hub restaurant that it has dubbed "Pie on the Fly."

The restaurant's owners - Pat Nagle and Carole Holder - have teamed with a group called Community Sourced Capital to help raise $20,000 in loan money to cover the remodel and other costs associated with opening the airport site, which is expected to employ 25 people.

Instead of a bank, however, the community will be the lender.

Here's how it works:

Nagle and Holder are selling 400 "squares" for the restaurant at $50 apiece. The squares, technically, are small pieces of the larger, $20,000 loan that's needed for the site's facelift.

Through a website, people can buy them to become "squareholders." CSC says it will aggregate the funds generated through the website into a zero-interest loan for the Hub.

The restaurant will make zero-interest payments - based on a preset percentage of revenue - back to the squareholders over two years.

Another perk? "We will also be holding a pre-opening party for all squareholders and providing pizza and beer on us!" Nagle told Patch.

The Hub isn't the first restaurant to benefit from CSC's community financing.  Earlier this year, it helped generate $3,000 for Playback Sports on North Proctor, which designed a new sports sock featuring Tacoma's skyline.

Harmon Brewing Co. launched its campaign earlier this month and, at last count, filled $13,150 of the $20,000 loan thanks to 112 new squareholders in the Tacoma area.

It expects to meet the $20,000 minimum before the fundraising deadline of June 3. If the community is up for it, Harmon Brewing says it is prepared and capable of taking on a loan up to $40,000 to finance the new Hub location, according to CSC.

So the restaurant has eight days to raise the money needed for the Tacoma Narrows Airport site, which is expected to open after the airport conducts its Wings & Wheels Car Show in July.

Nagle, who lives in Gig Harbor, and Holder, who grew up on the Peninsula, are hoping residents with an appetite for a community gathering spot and local business will come to their aid.

To buy a square or learn more about the Harmon's community lending effort, click here.

Story and Comments/Reaction:  http://gigharbor.patch.com

Popular Cocoa Beach Air Show may move to Melbourne, Florida

 

May 29, 2013 7:16 PM 
Written by Rick Neale
FLORIDA TODAY


The Cocoa Beach Air Show may move southward down the barrier island in October to a new home at Paradise Beach park in beachside Melbourne.

The free, annual aerobatic spectacle has attracted droves of spectators — and hotel guests — to Cocoa Beach’s oceanfront the past four years.

Last September’s air show drew more than 250,000 people, said Bryan Lilley, organizer. Themed “The Year of Extreme Flight,” the event featured an F-22 Raptor, V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and other high-performance planes.

However, Lilley said big beach crowds do not necessarily translate into financial success.

Tuesday, he told the Melbourne City Council that his event’s sponsor base needs to grow, and “significant” funding is required from the Brevard County Tourist Development Council.

The TDC earmarked $48,000 to help market last September’s show, said Kalina Subino-Person, director of marketing for the Space Coast Office of Tourism — and no such sponsorships are available right now.

Lilley and Melbourne City Manager Michael McNees will spend the next month seeking sponsorships and strategizing on parking, traffic flow, hotel cooperation and other matters.

City Council will likely hear a report on the air show June 25. McNees said he will recommend to City Council to move forward or “pull the plug.”

Story, Video, Comments/Reaction:  http://www.floridatoday.com

Great New England Wings & Wheels show will bring World War II aircraft and vintage cars to Westover Metropolitan Airport (KCEF), Springfield/Chicopee, Massachusetts

By Cynthia Simison, The Republican
on May 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM, updated May 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM



CHICOPEE – The Galaxy Community Council, the charitable organization which has assisted the Westover Air Reserve Base’s 439th Airlift Wing and other military-related groups for more than two decades, is planning a new event to at least temporarily fill in the gap left by the absence of a major military air show in the region.

The “first edition” of the Great New England Wings & Wheels show will debut Aug. 24 and 25 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgette St.

Planning for the show came about in the wake of the federal budget sequestration’s effects on military air shows around the nation. This show will take place on the civilian portion of Westover and is not expected to include any active military aircraft.

Organizers say the Wings & Wheels show will “be the best and only opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to see vintage civilian and military aircraft” in the region because of the cancellation of shows like those previously held at Westover and at the Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing in Westfield.

This show will include a display of Air Force Gen. Hap Arnold’s B-25 Mitchell bomber and other World War II aircraft.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the, the Pioneer Valley USO, other military assistance organizations, the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield and “the next edition” of the Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base.

Along with the static vintage and modern aircraft, there will also be displays of classic cars, from early 1900s vehicles to “modern exotics.”

Music groups, along with food and beverage vendors, will be offered throughout the weekend. Admission will be $10; children under 12 will be admitted free.

The events schedule, prize schedule, musical line-up, gate and registration fees, and additional acts are still to be determined.

Car registration forms will be available online at greatnewenglandwingsandwheels.com in the near future. Sponsorships, as well as food and merchandise vendor booths, are available.

Source:   http://www.masslive.com

Boeing 747-400F, N571UP: Investigations into UPS crash near end - Accident occurred September 03, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The National
May 29, 2013


The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has spent the past 33 months investigating the crash of the Boeing 747-400 that claimed the lives of 48-year-old Captain Doug Lampe and First Officer Matthew Bell, 38.

Investigators from the GCAA's Air Accident Investigation Sector worked with representatives from UPS, Boeing, the National Transportation Safety Board (
United States) and the Federal Aviation Administration (United States).

"Over the past years, the GCAA has gained enormous capabilities in handling air accident investigations, and we are very keen to collaborate with other specialised entities to share expertise and enhance the safety of the UAE skies," said Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA.

Representatives of all involved bodies met in the capital at the start of the month to review progress on the report and its findings.

"The GCAA is in the final stages of preparing the air accident final report," said Khalid Al Rais, the investigator in charge. "The workshop aimed to open a constructive dialogue between all parties involved in the investigation, to enhance safety.

"The investigation has involved a significant level of international cooperation that has seen the UAE take a leading role. A number of independent fire tests have been performed, and reconstruction of the aircraft critical systems was undertaken to establish the root cause of the aircraft's failures."

What is currently known to the public is that at 7.12pm on September 3, 2010, UPS Flight 6 reported its Main Deck Fire Warning had gone off. It is believed its cargo of lithium batteries was on fire.

The pilots were in contact with Bahraini air-traffic controllers at the time, who said they could land at Doha, but the pilots chose to return to Dubai instead.

Once in Dubai airspace, it became clear they could not change radio frequency meaning they had to communicate with Dubai air traffic control through their counterparts in Bahrain.

By the time the pilots attempted to land at Dubai International Airport, thick smoke had filled the cockpit and the aircraft overflew the runway at around 4,000ft, then turned right. Five minutes later, emergency services were alerted when the plane crashed inside Nad Al Sheba Military Base, close to the junction of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Road and Al Ain motorway.

The full findings of the crash investigation will be published on July 1, along with numerous safety recommendations set forward by the GCAA to concerned entities.

Source: http://www.thenational.ae


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NTSB Identification: DCA10RA092
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of UNITED PARCEL SERVICE CO
Accident occurred Friday, September 03, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Aircraft: BOEING 747-44AF, registration: N571UP
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

At about 7:45 pm local time (1545 UTC), United Parcel Service (UPS) Flight 6, a Boeing 747-400F (N571UP), crashed while attempting to land at Dubai International Airport (DXB), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Approximately 45 minutes after takeoff, the crew declared an emergency due to smoke in the cockpit and requested a return to DXB. The two flight crew members were fatally injured. The airplane was being operated as a scheduled cargo flight from Dubai, UAE to Cologne, Germany.

The investigation is being led by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The NTSB has designated a U.S. Accredited Representative as the state of the operator and state of design and manufacture of the airplane and engines.

All inquiries should be directed to:

General Civil Aviation Authority
Regulations and Investigation Section
P.O. Box 6558
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
E-mail: accid@gcaa.ae

Stearman reaches final destination



Posted: May 28, 2013 9:10 pm

By KEVIN BOWDEN

Mike Rinker has been flying airplanes for nearly 30 years, but the thrill of flying a World War II PT-17 Stearman is an experience he humbly described as “an interesting deal.”

Rinker flew the bright blue and yellow airplane from Everett-Stewart Regional Airport to Everett Boulevard early today and landed it right in front of the Discovery Park of America.

“It’s not the most difficult plane I’ve ever landed, but it’s one of the most difficult,” Rinker told The Messenger early today, before his historic flight.

He described the Stear-man as “elegant” and “state-ly” and said the plane flies “very honest.”

It was an impressive spectacle as the single-engine Stearman rumbled smoothly from out of the bright blue skies onto the black asphalt that served as Rinker’s landing strip.

Everett Boulevard in front of the Discovery Park of America was blocked off for the landing and once on the ground, Rinker maneuvered the plane through the main entrance of Discovery Park of America. It will be hung from the ceiling as part of the facility’s military exhibit.

Nancy Atkins of Union City and Sue Williams of Memphis were among the first spectators to arrive on the parking lot of Second Baptist Church, across the boulevard from Discovery Park. They set up lawn chairs to enjoy today’s historic landing.

“It’s not every day you see a plane landing on the highway,” Ms. Atkins said.

“I’m looking forward to the museum opening,” Ms. Williams added. “I was really surprised they got a plane for the museum.”

They were among a large crowd of spectators lined up along a wire fence as the Stearman made several low passes over Discovery Center in the complex.

Chelsea Sanford, 7, of Union City positioned herself across the boulevard from the main entrance to Discovery Park to witness the plane’s landing.

“I’ve never seen an old-fashioned plane; I’ve never seen a plane ever,” she told The Messenger.

She was there this morning with her father, Byron Sanford, a member of the U.S. Army.

“It’s exciting. It’s not often you get to see a plane landing on the highway,” said Jason Molands of Union City.

He was there with his friend, Jimmy Schmidt, also of Union City, as they got a good view of the Stearman landing.

“I think it’s going to be good for the community...Discovery Park,” Schmidt said.

The Stearman’s high-profile landing at Discovery Park of America today was scheduled to help promote this fall’s grand opening of the multi-million dollar education and entertainment complex. 

Story and Photo:  http://www.nwtntoday.com

Jet Lands in Hillsboro with Broken Landing Gear

FM NEWS 101 KXL

May 29, 2013, 12:59 am


The pilot of a Lear jet managed to get five passengers down to the ground safely with its front landing gear deployed sideways.


Emergency crews lined the Hillsboro airport expecting the worst. 

But after burning over half it's 8,000 pound fuel load and making several low altitude passes, the jet landed safely on the runway. 

The plane was towed away for repairs and investigating. 

What caused the malfunction is still unknown.

Source:   http://www.kxl.com

4 apply to be commercial carrier for Boone County Airport (KHRO), Harrison, Arkansas

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:45 am 
Harrison Daily  

Four airlines have filed applications with the Department of Transport to provide Essential Air Service for airports located at Harrison, Hot Springs and El Dorado/Camden.

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Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain, N969BD: Accident occurred May 28, 2013 in Page, Arizona

http://registry.faa.gov/N969BD

NTSB Identification: WPR13CA245
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Page, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/23/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N969BD
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated that he and four passengers were about 4.5 hours into the flight and about 10 nm from their destination when the left low boost light illuminated. About 20 seconds later the left engine quit, and the pilot feathered the propeller. After about 1 minute the right low boost light illuminated, and 20 seconds later, the right engine quit. The pilot feathered the right propeller and proceeded to execute a forced landing in the desert 5 miles east of the intended destination. During the accident sequence the right engine separated from the airplane and the left wing buckled, resulting in substantial damage to the airplane. The pilot reported that the airplane had ran out of fuel, and that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A loss of engine power during cruise flight due to fuel exhaustion. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's improper fuel planning.


The Coconino County Sheriff's Office has released more information about the plane crash outside of Page on Tuesday aftnernoon. 


On Tuesday, at approximately 4 P.M., Page Police Dispatch received a call of an airplane crash near the Navajo Generating Station, about 5 miles east of the Page Airport.

The passengers of the downed aircraft called via cellphone and reported that only minor injuries were sustained by the pilot. 

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service, Navajo Police Department, and Page Fire Department responded to the area and located the aircraft and passengers.

The aircraft is a privately owned, twin engine plane out of Nevada. 


The plane had taken off from New Orleans, Louisiana to Nevada, with planned fuel stops in Texas and Page, Arizona. 

According to statements received by deputies, after departing Texas the aircraft’s fuel supply expired approximately 5 miles prior to reaching its re-fueling destination at the Page Airport. 

An investigation of the plane crash will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

This was the second crash of the day on Tuesday.  

Earlier in the day a plane taking off from the Flagstaff airport crashed near the community of Mountainaire, killing two aboard the plane.

http://www.lakepowelllife.com


There was a plane crash Tuesday afternoon east of Page. 

The location of the crash site was listed as approximately five miles east or southeast of town. 

Five passengers were reported to be on board the aircraft and all were listed as being okay and in good condition. 

The pilot was said to have suffered some cuts, but was otherwise uninjured. 

Again, this information is according to initial reports. 

No additional details were available at the time of this report. 

Source:   http://www.lakepowelllife.com

Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, N31743: Accident occurred May 24, 2013 in Johnstown, New York

NTSB Identification: ERA13FA253
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 24, 2013 in Johnstown, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N31743
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 24, 2013, at 1710 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-34-200T, N31743, operating as Angel Flight 743, was destroyed during an in-flight breakup near Johnstown, New York. The certificated commercial pilot and one passenger were fatally injured; the second passenger was missing and presumed fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which departed Laurence G. Hanscom Field Airport (BED), Bedford, Massachusetts, and was destined for Griffiss International Airport (RME), Rome, New York. The flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The purpose of the volunteer medical transport flight was to return the patient and his spouse from the Boston, Massachusetts area to their home in New York. The flight departed BED about 1604, and climbed to its planned cruise altitude of 8,000 feet. Preliminary air traffic control radar data obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the airplane was established on a northwest heading near Ephratah, New York, when, at 1708, the airplane altered its course to the north-northeast. The airplane continued on this track for approximately one minute before beginning a descending left turn towards the south. The last recorded radar return, at 1709:19, placed the airplane about 1,500 feet northwest of the accident site, at an altitude of 6,700 feet.

The wreckage path measured approximately one mile in length, beginning on the southeast side of the Garoga Reservoir, continuing to the north end of the reservoir, and oriented on a heading of approximately 360 degrees magnetic. The left side of the horizontal stabilator, the vertical stabilizer and rudder, sections of the left wing, and portions of the fuselage skin were located south of the reservoir. The main wreckage, including the majority of the fuselage and cabin area, along with the right wing and engine, came to rest in the reservoir. The left engine was found on the north side of the reservoir.

The main wreckage was recovered from the reservoir on May 28, 2013, and transported to a secure facility for further examination.

The 1653 weather observation at RME, located about 40 miles northwest of the accident site, included winds from 330 degrees magnetic at 8 knots, 10 statute miles visibility in light rain, broken cloud layers at 2,300 and 2,800 feet, overcast clouds at 3,700 feet, temperature 7 degrees C, dew point 4 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.06 inches of mercury.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NGF743

http://registry.faa.gov/N31743

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Funeral arrangements have been announced for Frank and Evelyn Amerosa, the couple killed Friday in a plane crash in Ephratah.

A mass will be held on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Genesee Street in Utica. The family will receive visitors following mass.

Frank was being treated for brain cancer, and was traveling back home following a medical appointment in Boston. He, along with Evelyn were on board and Angel Flight.

Frank was born in Connecticut on December 28, 1948. He was raised and educated in Utica and a graduate of Proctor High School.

Frank served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was a retired truck driver who worked for many companies including the F.X. Matt Brewery.

Evelyn was born in Vermont on November 13, 1954. She was raised and educated in Bennington and Utica, where she was a graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School. She later attended MVCC.

For many years, Evelyn was a community life leader at the Masonic Care Community.

Frank is survived by two daughters. Evelyn is survived by her daughter and son. They also leave behind five grandchildren.

Pilots try to save Braden Airpark (N43), Easton, Pennsylvania: Forks Township airfield could close next month, but group says decision is short-sighted (With Video)

By Matt Assad, Of The Morning Call

9:44 p.m. EDT, May 28, 2013

Braden Airpark could be shut down this summer, but the pilots who use it say they're not going down without a fight.

Nearly two dozen small plane advocates Tuesday protested a Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority proposal to close the 75-year-old Forks Township airfield. While some circulated a petition urging the plan be killed, members of the Lehigh Valley General Aviation Association asked for a chance to find a buyer that would allow the 80-acre property to remain an airfield.

Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority board members agreed not to act on Braden until next month, but airport Executive Director Charles Everett Jr. already knows where he stands. He recommended it be closed, saying Braden needs $2.6 million in improvements the authority can't afford, plus a yearly subsidy of $1,000 apiece for its 38 pilots.

"We are not in a position to keep open an operation that is projected to continue losing money," Everett said. "We cannot afford to invest in Braden, and we can't subsidize the pilots who use it."

That, according to a member of the local General Aviation Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association, is short-sighted.

"It's a unique, precious asset that a lot of communities would love to have," pilot Robert Brown of Easton told the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority board at Tuesday's meeting. "Once you close it, you can never get it back. Please don't close Braden Airpark."

The airfield has a single 1,956-foot runway and was opened in 1938 as Easton Airport by packaged-meat seller Edwin Braden. The Braden family sold it to the airport authority for $2.4 million in 1999, when it was renamed Braden Airpark. The Rev. Paul Braden, pastor of a church in Easton, said his family took less money to sell the airport to the authority back then so it could remain an airfield.

With a flight school and maintenance center, over the past seven decades it was a place where thousands of people learned to fly, practiced their hobby or based the plane they used for transportation.

The authority oversees the Lehigh Valley International Airport, which faces declining passenger traffic, and must repay millions to settle a court judgment for taking a developer's land in the 1990s.

That debt has caused the LVIA board to evaluate its assets, and Everett made it clear Tuesday his staff's assessment of Braden is that it be closed. According to Everett, Braden's hangars and terminal buildings badly need repairs costing $2.6 million over five years. Meanwhile, the authority pays $160,000 in annual debt service from when it was purchased.

Even without those big expenses, the airport's day-to-day operating expenses are projected to outpace revenues by $39,000 per year — meaning the airport would be subsidizing each pilot by more than $1,000 per year.

"Investing capital into a facility that has a negative rate of return?" authority board member Dean Browning said. "That makes no sense."

Neither do the numbers from Everett's evaluation, pilots say. They argue that the only reason revenues at Braden's are so low is because the authority refused to renew the lease of Moyer Aviation, which had been paying a $56,000-a-year lease fee to run airport flying and maintenance operations.

Vern Moyer's 18-member staff pumped the fuel, ran the flight school and fixed the planes for 16 years, but when the authority wanted him to work on a month-to-month lease while its assets were being evaluated, he moved Moyer Aviation to Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport in Monroe County.

"It's like poisoning your wife and then complaining that you are single," Paul Braden told the board. "Please consider the long-term affects of doing this, compared to the short-term gain."

Clarissa MacIntosh, an officer with the Lehigh Valley General Aviation Association, asked the board to delay its vote long enough for the association to find a private buyer for the airport.

"How long do you need?" asked Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, an authority board member.

"About a year," MacIntosh said.

"A year?" Pawlowski said. "Maybe if you had said a few weeks. But not a year."

Everett said his staff has already considered the options of finding a new airport operator to do what Moyer did, or a private buyer to take it over. Neither is viable, he said: The airport simply needs too much work to justify keeping it open.

The authority could vote on the matter as early as its June 25 meeting. From there, Everett said he'd need 60 to 90 days to transfer the planes at Braden to LVIA or Queen City Airport. 

Story and Video:  http://www.mcall.com

Man dies after crash of ultralight aircraft south of Quebec City - Canada

The Canadian Press | May 28, 2013 | Last Updated: May 29, 2013 - 3:40 UTC

SAINT-LAMBERT-DE-LAUZON, Que. - A man is dead after the crash of an ultralight aircraft Tuesday afternoon in Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon, south of Quebec City.

Provincial police say the incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. on the runway of a small private airport where the victim was training to be a pilot.

Spokeswoman Audrey-Anne Bilodeau says the man in his early 60s was flying a gyroplane, a rotorcraft that resembles a helicopter.

She say he lifted off and crashed about 500 meters away when the rear of the aircraft touched the ground before the wheels.

The unidentified man died in hospital a few hours after the crash.

An instructor who was on the edge of the runway and other witnesses will be interviewed by the Transportation Safety Board.


Source:  http://www.windsorstar.com