Saturday, February 08, 2014

Richard Bach, author of 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull,' writes book about 2012 plane crash

Richard Bach’s new spiritual memoir, ‘Illusions II’  

You can’t keep this seagull down.

Less than two years after he crashed his small plane and almost died, bestselling author Richard Bach is back with an inspirational tale about his miraculous recovery.

“Illusions II” was released Feb. 7 on the Kindle Singles platform ($2.99)  as a sequel to his 1977 book, “Illusions.”

In his signature tone of carefully modulated bliss, Bach, now 77, leads us through the mental journey that began Aug. 31, 2012, when he was about to land his single-engine plane at a small airport in Washington State. Forty feet off the ground, his wheels caught on power lines, sending the craft into a fiery crash. Emergency vehicles arrived almost instantly, but Bach remained in a coma for a week with a range of life-threatening injuries.

But that’s not how “Illusions II” begins. Instead, Bach writes, “The landing was perfect, a word I rarely use for my flying. A few minutes before the wheels touched the land, they brushed the tops of the grass, the soft gold whispering.”

Read more here:

NTSB Identification: WPR12LA385
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 31, 2012 in Friday Harbor, WA
Aircraft: EASTON SEAREY, registration: N346PE
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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 31, 2012, about 1630 Pacific daylight time, an Easton SeaRey amphibian amateur-built airplane, N346PE, sustained substantial damage during impact with wires and terrain while landing near Friday Harbor, Washington. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was seriously injured. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross-country flight, which had originated from Eastsound, Washington, approximately 45 minutes before the accident. A flight plan had not been filed.

A witness stated the he observed the airplane on short final to a private grass airstrip when it struck power line wires. The aircraft nosed over and impacted terrain.

  Regis#: 346PE        Make/Model: EXP       Description: EXP- SEAREY
  Date: 08/31/2012     Time: 2330

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Minor     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Substantial

  City: FRIDAY HARBOR   State: WA   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   1     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Approach      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: SEATTLE, WA  (NM01)                   Entry date: 09/04/2012 

(AP Photo/San Juan Islander, Matt Pranger) MANDATORY CREDIT

  (Courtesy of / September 1, 2012)

  (Courtesy of / September 1, 2012)

Bach's plane was badly damaged in the crash
 (Courtesy of / September 1, 2012)

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