Thursday, April 30, 2015

Czech Sport Aircraft A S Sportcruiser, N380PB: Incident occurred April 30, 2015 at C. David Campbell Field-Corsicana Municipal Airport (KCRS), Texas

A Dallas pilot trying to land his single-engine plane after the craft’s canopy opened up received only minor cuts when his aircraft ended up nose first after a hard landing at Corsicana Municipal Airport Thursday.

The incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. as Peter Bogda, 69, of Dallas, had taken off in his Czech Sport Aircraft Sportcruiser after a day visiting Corsicana. 

Bogda, who was alone in the two-seater plane, had just taken off from the local airport when the canopy, which was supposed to open only slightly, opened up all the way.

“When that happened, he didn’t have enough power to overcome the resistance, and was losing airspeed,” explained Gary Farley, base operator at C. David Campbell Field.

Farley said the plane came back around and Bogda tried to land on the runway.

“He was descending too fast and couldn’t make it,” Farley said. “He hit the taxiway and slid for about 30 yards.”

One of the plane’s propeller blades broke during the slide off the taxiway, and the plane’s landing gear appeared to be damaged. 

There was no fire or fuel leaking from the plane.

The plane ended up in the grass next to the runway, nose down.

Bogda was treated at the scene by Corsicana EMS for minor cuts.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident.

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