Sunday, April 6, 2014

ERacer, N382RB: St. Lucie County International Airport (KFPR), Fort Pierce, Florida

AIRCRAFT EXPERIMENTAL ERACER MK II, LANDED GEAR UP, FORT PIERCE, FL 

http://www.asias.faa.gov
  
Larocca Roch B ERACER MK II  
http://registry.faa.gov/N382RB

http://www.eraceraircraft.com

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A Georgia couple made an emergency landing Sunday morning at St. Lucie International Airport in a single-engine experimental plane, but were able to walk away from it, authorities say.

“This was not a crash,” St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Weinberg said, responding to observers’ calls.

He said pilot Roch LaRocca and his wife, Barbara LaRocca, both 54, of Fayetteville, Ga., took off shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday from the airport, flying an E Racer kit plane. They developed engine trouble after a few minutes and returned to the airport.

The pilot made a belly landing, Weinberg said. Damage to the aircraft was minimal.

The couple had minor injuries, and both declined emergency medical assistance, he said.


Source:  http://www.tcpalm.com

July 31, 2011:    http://articles.chicagotribune.com

Roch LaRocca, a fellow experimental plane enthusiast, had known Morrison for about four years. Morrison was featured on a Website run by LaRocca, who admired the Aurora man for his craftmanship.   The planes he built were just like factory built," said LaRocca. "I was always impressed with everything he built."