Friday, June 1, 2018

Sorensen BF9-2, N81973: Incident occurred May 31, 2018 in Evanston, Uinta County, Wyoming

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver

Aircraft attempted to land on highway, clipped semi and aircraft flipped over.

Date: 01-JUN-18

Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N81973
Aircraft Model: BF9 2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

(KUTV) -- Uinta County Fire and Ambulance reported a single engine place crash at milepost 7 on Interstate 80 near Evanston, Wyoming.

The crash was reported before 6 p.m., Thursday. The pilot walked away from the crash without injury, according to a Facebook post by the county agency.

Allen Kenitzer, Federal Aviation Administration Office of Communications, confirmed that an experimental BF9-2 airplane crashed under unknown circumstances when it’s engine stalled.

He said the aircraft attempted to land on I-80 when it clipped a semi truck and flipped over.

The aircraft was traveling from Longmont, Colo. to Bountiful, Utah, Kenitzer told 2News.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident further.

Original article can be found here ➤

May 2014: Danny Sorensen and Golden Age Air shows are coming to Rexburg.

Sorenson and his bi-plane will be part of the Legacy Airshow scheduled for June 14, 2014 at the airport in Rexburg.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to the public.

The Pilot

Born into an aviation-oriented family, Danny Sorensen has had a passion for airplanes for as long as he has had memory. From the age of 14 the driving force in his aviation pursuits has been to perform in airshows.

Soloing a 1946 Aeronca Champ in 1967 at the age of 17, and with just 17 hours 30 minutes in his log book, he convinced an instructor to teach him spins. A few months later a lesson in loops, snap rolls and hammerheads completed Danny's aerobatic instruction. He successfully performed his first slow roll in a 115HP Citabria after reading a how-to article in a magazine.

In 1978 Danny began flying Pitts Special biplanes, and that same year was selected by a local flying club to be their aerobatic instructor in a Pitts S-2A, although only a private pilot at the time, because he had the aerobatic background and experience that exceeded that of any certified flight instructors available.

Danny flew air shows in his Pitts Special, “The Blue Dragon,” from 1988 through 1994, then took a short 14 year break to design and build “Unfinished Business.” Danny has performed the duties of a test pilot, having made the initial test flights on 10 experimental airplanes (of which three were original prototypes), and has flown the complete flight test programs on six of those.

Danny has been a full-time career firefighter since January 1985, and has held the rank of captain since December 2000.

Danny married the love of his life, Allyn Hansen, in 1972. They have five children and six grandchildren. They reside in Bountiful, Utah.

The Aircraft

The Sorensen BF9-2 is a one-off custom biplane, designed and built by Danny specifically for airshow flying. Construction time alone consumed nearly 6,000 man-hours of labor, not including design time.

It features 1930s styling with modern day high performance. It is powered by a 360HP Vendenyev M14-P 9-cylinder radial engine turning a three-blade MTV-9 propeller of 8-1/2 foot diameter.

This combination produces a static thrust of more than 1,600 lbs. “Unfinished Business” carries the registration number N81973, the same number that was on the airplane in which Danny learned to fly.

The BF9-2 truly has an international heritage: The engine is Russian, the propeller is German, the brace wires are Scottish, the airframe is American, and the pitot tube is from a North American F-86 fighter jet.

Aircraft Specifications:

Wing Span – 21ft.

Length – 20ft. 3in.

Empty Weight – 1,605lbs.

Gross Weight – 2,250lbs.

Seats – 2

Fuel Capacity – 55 U.S. Gallons

Cruise Speed – 150MPH

Top Speed – 175MPH

Range – 450 Statute Miles w/45 minute reserve

Original article ➤

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