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Chicago man killed in Oregon plane crash
Associated Press ^ | April 24, 2012

Posted on 04/24/2012 3:05:33 PM PDT by Petruchio

A kit-built, high-performance light plane crashed Monday in central Oregon, killing two men, the Deschutes County sheriff's office said.

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The victims were identified as Harry Mortimer League, 68, of Chicago and Patrick Franzen, 52, of Bend. Their bodies were recovered and their relatives have been notified, Davis said.

The plane was described as a single-engine Lancair IV-Propjet.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aviation; planecrash
The Lancair Propjet is a four-seat, pressurized, composite aircraft powered by a 750-hp Walter M601E turboprop engine.

Early reports are leaning towards engine problems.

1 posted on 04/24/2012 3:05:41 PM PDT by Petruchio
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To: Petruchio

I guess he was out of his league...


2 posted on 04/24/2012 3:10:34 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Evil never reveals the truth until it's too late to flee.)
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To: Petruchio
The type of aircraft...


3 posted on 04/24/2012 3:11:52 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Petruchio

Did they go through their engine-out checklist by first trimming for best glide?


4 posted on 04/24/2012 3:17:08 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Petruchio

Fast airplane!


5 posted on 04/24/2012 3:17:15 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: Petruchio

RIP.


6 posted on 04/24/2012 3:18:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
There was another report that they were on fire and broke up (composites melt)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-arlington-heights-man-dies-in-oregon-plane-crash-20120424,0,2482665.story
7 posted on 04/24/2012 3:19:59 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: grobdriver

And the 787 is another composite aircraft that will probably break up in mid-flight when it catches on fire!


8 posted on 04/24/2012 3:21:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SpaceBar
This might be a better picture since it was a turbo-prop not a conventional engine. A longer nose and much more power.

Same type as this one -

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2842279/posts

9 posted on 04/24/2012 3:24:15 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Petruchio

If I recall correctly, John Denver was flying one of these kit planes when he crashed and was killed.


10 posted on 04/24/2012 3:26:31 PM PDT by Optimom
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To: Optimom

No, Denver was in a Rutan Long-Eze or Vari-Eze... Completely different, and much slower.


11 posted on 04/24/2012 3:28:09 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Petruchio

Is he connected to Obama somehow?


12 posted on 04/24/2012 3:32:24 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Petruchio

I didn’t notice any rioting or flags at half staff....so I guess........ nevermind.


13 posted on 04/24/2012 3:33:33 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: grobdriver
There was another report that they were on fire and broke up (composites melt) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-arlington-heights-man-dies-in-oregon-plane-crash-20120424,0,2482665.story

My niece's husband knows a guy who had an inflight engine fire in his Lancair turbine. He was able to land it but it was completely destroyed.

14 posted on 04/24/2012 3:36:20 PM PDT by ParityErr (It's impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: Petruchio

Friend of mine gave me a ride in his Lancair, what a blast. It looped and rolled with ease. The turbo is likely even more fun.


15 posted on 04/24/2012 4:09:01 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Maybe not, if his multiple fire warning systems, fire suppression systems, fuel shutoff valves all work as designed.

I doubt if the poor schlub in the Lancair had any of these.

16 posted on 04/24/2012 4:13:22 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: HerrBlucher

From what I have heard, the Lancair is a very agile high performance plane. Almost like flying a WWII fighter.


17 posted on 04/24/2012 4:24:32 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio

Yes, it has about the same performance as a P-40, although I bet it handles a lot better.


18 posted on 04/24/2012 4:26:57 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: EveningStar

for your ping list


19 posted on 04/24/2012 5:41:40 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio
Lancair IV-Propjet

Isn't this the plane that the Micron CEO died in....?
20 posted on 04/24/2012 6:53:01 PM PDT by indthkr
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To: indthkr

Yup.


21 posted on 04/24/2012 7:02:55 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: az_gila
All of the Lancairs are beautiful airplanes. I have to admit that I spent many years pining for a Lancair or Glasair. We live on an airpark... 116 homes built around a small airport. My neighbor has a souped-up Mooney Rocket with a turbocharged engine and speed mods. The plane can travel at over 260 mph which is approximately twice as fast as our Piper Cherokee.

In our Cherokee... coming in to our 3,300 ft runway is a piece of cake. When I went for a ride in my neighbor's Mooney, despite deploying both his flaps and “speed brakes” he was still skimming the tree tops as we came back in. Our runway seemed half as long. He is as engineer who works for the FAA. I have never gone back up with him. I don't like to be in a situation where a slight miscalculation can end up in disaster.

I started out hang gliding, graduated to ultralights and then on to general aviation airplanes. I have flown in a lot of different aircraft and been in a lot of challenging situations over the years. I have been in a tail dragger when when it was ground-looped. I have flaired too early in a high performance hang glider and swooped to a stop over fifty feet in the air. I have flown through a bad storm over the mountains in the middle of the night with my wife next to me sobbing uncontrollably. Maybe I am showing my age, but I really couldn't give a rip about super fast, overpowered, hard to fly, complex airplanes anymore.

These days a “fun” airplane to me is one that you can fly all day in comfort with all your stuff packed and still plop the thing back on the ground safely in challenging conditions even when you are tired. Our simple old boxy, economical Cherokee 140 is enough plane for me these days.

22 posted on 04/24/2012 8:22:49 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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