Skip to comments.Micron CEO Dies In Plane Crash
Posted on 02/03/2012 11:37:56 AM PST by illiacEdited on 02/03/2012 11:47:29 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Steve Appleton, the chief operating officer and chairman of Micron, has died in a small plane crash in Boise. He was 51.
Micron spokesman Dan Francisco confirmed Appleton's death Friday. Trading in Micron stocks has been halted.
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Don't think John Denver ever flew a Hunter jet. Not sure yet which of his planes Steve was flying though. He's a regular staple at air shows in Idaho and the surrounding area.
John Denver ran out of gas...
Here’s a more complete article on the crash
“”I’d like to turn back in... and land. Coming back in,” Appleton said to air traffic controllers.
In the background of the audio from the control tower, a woman’s voice can be heard saying, “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.””
I heard this this morning.
I used to work for Micron as a Director and had gotten the opportunity to talk to the man when I first started there, though I was with a Micron Tech owned company (Micron Electronics) and many level distant from him.
He was a good man. He was open to suggestion. He will be missed here in Idaho.
He loved to fly and get out into the outdoors.
RIP, Steve, may God in Heaven rest your soul in the Hands of our Savior, and may God’s peace and comfort be given to your family and loved ones.
And on the anniversary of another small plane crash that took 4 lives - including 3 early rock stars...
Sounds like engine failure on takeoff and he tried to turn back.
“John Denver ran out of gas...”
I heard he was trying to switch tanks, the control for which was over one shoulder, and accidentally gave too much rudder.
...back about 1974.
Didn't know this Jeff (or never put it together) but you and I worked at the same division. I started in sales when it was Edge Technologies in that little building across the street and left from IT when it was Micron Electronics.
Could be. A lot of crashes happen that way, even though flight students have been told to land on the softest, cheapest thing in front of them in case of engine failure. They are told not to turn back and that's been the advice for decades.
I’ve got an old Micron Millennia RS 3000 (Y2K) PC that still has some life in it!
When Steve Appleton started at Micron, you could buy 64 KB DRAM memory for $100. Nowadays, you can get 250,000 times more memory (16 GB) for that price. He was really at the forefront of the computer revolution, and all you bloggers need to toast him tonight.
“The Day the Music Died” - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, The “Big Bopper.” February 3, 1959; Clear Lake, Iowa.
Wonder what is off the end of the runway? Perhaps he was trying to minimize damage on the ground.
Yet pilots continue to kill themselves that way.
Something happens to the decision process when it's your airplane that's failed and you want to get it back.
Good friend of mine, CFII and all that, pounded it into his students and then what did he do when his personal aircraft had an engine failure on takeoff?
Tried to turn back with less than the magical 700 feet AGL number in the bank, stalled, spun in and killed himself.
We all think "I'll never be that dumb" but I guess you don't know until it happens to you.
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