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Two-seat plane crashes into Mesa restroom
East Valley Tribune ^ | 02/08/10 | Hayley Ringle

Posted on 02/08/2010 12:59:55 PM PST by el_chupacabra

The pilot of a Nanchang CJ-6A Chinese trainer gives Mesa police an account of the events that led to him crashing the plane into a closed restroom facility at Red Mountain Park after trying to make an emergency landing in the park due to engine failure. Feb. 7, 2010.

The pilot of a Nanchang CJ-6A Chinese trainer gives Mesa police an account of the events that led to him crashing the plane into a closed restroom facility at Red Mountain Park after trying to make an emergency landing in the park due to engine failure. Feb. 7, 2010.

Ralph Freso, Tribune

Crew personnel look over the damage to the CJ-6A trainer aircraft. Feb. 7, 2010.

Crew personnel look over the damage to the CJ-6A trainer aircraft. Feb. 7, 2010.

Ralph Freso, Tribune

The right wing of the aircraft is sheared off by a light pole fixture in front of the restroom building. Feb. 7, 2010.

The right wing of the aircraft is sheared off by a light pole fixture in front of the restroom building. Feb. 7, 2010.

Ralph Freso, Tribune

Crew personnel begin to remove avionics equipment from the damaged aircraft. Feb. 7, 2010.

Crew personnel begin to remove avionics equipment from the damaged aircraft. Feb. 7, 2010.

Ralph Freso, Tribune

A single engine, two seat plane crashed into a restroom building near Mesa’s Red Mountain Multigenerational Center Sunday morning after the engine failed, according to a Mesa Fire spokesman.

There were no major injuries to the two men on board.

The pilot was able to land the plane about 8:35 a.m. in a desert  area of Red Mountain Park. However, as he was taxiing, the pilot had to veer so he wouldn’t hit a man and his dog who were walking in the area, said Mesa Fire Department spokesman Thor Watson.

According to Watson, the plane, veered and crashed into a free-standing restroom building. The restroom was closed and locked, and no one was inside. The building has been closed for a while, possibly due to budget cuts.

The front of the plane went through the section of the restroom reserved for men and took out a wall and part of the roof.

The crash took off part of the right wing of the privately-owned plane, described as a World War II Chinese trainer, a Nanchang CJ-6A..

The unidentified passenger had paid to fly in the plane, which had taken off from Falcon Field.

The male pilot was not injured. The passenger hit his head and was taken to a hospital  for minor head lacerations as a precaution.



TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: airplane; aviation; bathroom; napl; planecrash

1 posted on 02/08/2010 12:59:56 PM PST by el_chupacabra
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To: Slings and Arrows

When you gotta go...


2 posted on 02/08/2010 1:02:47 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning" Obama 2/4/2010)
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To: a fool in paradise

Two seater, or a two holer??


3 posted on 02/08/2010 1:03:23 PM PST by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: el_chupacabra

That could have been a very crappy situation


4 posted on 02/08/2010 1:04:17 PM PST by sticker
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To: el_chupacabra

What a crappy situation


5 posted on 02/08/2010 1:04:26 PM PST by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: sticker

Get outta my brain!!!!


6 posted on 02/08/2010 1:04:44 PM PST by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: JRios1968
I have to find brains wherever I can, just wrap the tinfoil a little tighter
7 posted on 02/08/2010 1:06:11 PM PST by sticker
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To: a fool in paradise

Pilot: In-flight movie? OK, help me find a theater.

Seriously glad no one was killed.


8 posted on 02/08/2010 1:06:27 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: el_chupacabra

I bet the people in the building had to change their shorts after that.


9 posted on 02/08/2010 1:06:51 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (I was born in America, but now I live in Declinistan.)
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To: el_chupacabra

As a former pilot, I hereby declare this to be one shi**y landing.


10 posted on 02/08/2010 1:09:22 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: el_chupacabra

In a related story, a World War II Chinese trainer, a Nanchang CJ-6A crashed in a cemetery near Paris. So far authorities have uncovered 130 dead.

(Polish jokes are not PC, but French jokes are ok)

....Bob


11 posted on 02/08/2010 1:12:11 PM PST by Lokibob (When handed lemons...Refuse to sign for them. Life's lemons can't be delivered without a signature.)
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To: el_chupacabra

Yikes, that’s a shame. Looks like a lot of time and money went into the restoration of that plane. I presume it’s an old Chinese warbird and not a new trainer...?


12 posted on 02/08/2010 1:12:54 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: el_chupacabra; SouthTexas; NormsRevenge

When ya gotta go Ya gotta go...


13 posted on 02/08/2010 1:13:57 PM PST by tubebender (Thanks to all the Patriots who support Free Republic financially...)
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To: RightOnline
As a former pilot, I hereby declare this to be one shi**y landing.

Isn’t it an old Helicopter pilot saying?

Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.

14 posted on 02/08/2010 1:15:06 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: tubebender

Hold muh beer... Pitstop time.

Any landing ya can .. uhh.. glad no one was injured to badly.


15 posted on 02/08/2010 1:16:06 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: tubebender

Don’t get all wee wee’d up over this.


16 posted on 02/08/2010 1:16:30 PM PST by NCC-1701 (ZEROs FAVORITE SONG -- I, ME, MINE -- BY THE BEATLES)
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To: el_chupacabra

Confusius say “Woman who fly upside down have.. uh, I’d better stop there”. ;-)


17 posted on 02/08/2010 1:19:21 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (GP-35 Grande Puissance-1935)
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To: el_chupacabra

A shi’itey pilot flying shi’itey plane makes a shi’itey landing.


18 posted on 02/08/2010 1:25:13 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Is anyone in the 0bama administration competent at anything?!!?)
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To: RightOnline

As a pilot, I was told that any landing you could walk away from was a good landing.

If you could re-use the airplane it was an excellent landing.


19 posted on 02/08/2010 1:25:57 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: el_chupacabra

You should check out the Naval model of this plane, it can land on the poop deck.


20 posted on 02/08/2010 1:27:41 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: el_chupacabra

Most have been a toilet trainer


21 posted on 02/08/2010 1:28:00 PM PST by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: Pontiac
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.

Yes, and if they can use the plane afterwords, it is a great landing.

22 posted on 02/08/2010 1:29:30 PM PST by magslinger (Cry MALAISE! and let slip the dogs of incompetence.)
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To: RightOnline

Sounds like the landing was good, but that after safely landing he had to avoid a man who, while walking his dog, didn’t have the presence of mind to stay way clear of the taxiing plane.


23 posted on 02/08/2010 1:31:48 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: el_chupacabra

Talk about in the crapper ...


24 posted on 02/08/2010 1:36:39 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: tubebender

My exact thoughts when I saw the title! LOL

Does everything made in China breakdown?


25 posted on 02/08/2010 1:37:51 PM PST by SouthTexas (Exterminate the rats!)
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To: el_chupacabra

Where will you be when your diarrhea comes back?


26 posted on 02/08/2010 1:39:55 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: el_chupacabra
I hope no woman was in there at the time. It might have (been a) disaster.

ML/NJ

27 posted on 02/08/2010 1:40:03 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: el_chupacabra

I heard they couldn’t wait.


28 posted on 02/08/2010 2:00:37 PM PST by nonsporting
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To: el_chupacabra

I blame the dog. If he hadn’t wanted to go for a walk, his owner wouldn’t have been there, and the pilot wouldn’t have crashed into the restroom building.


29 posted on 02/08/2010 2:14:07 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: el_chupacabra

Sounds as if the fan hit the sh!t. Smells like it, too.


30 posted on 02/08/2010 2:44:34 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
And I thought the pigeons were bad...


31 posted on 02/08/2010 4:30:56 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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