Skip to comments.Chicago man killed in Oregon plane crash
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.
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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Early reports are leaning towards engine problems.
I guess he was out of his league...
Did they go through their engine-out checklist by first trimming for best glide?
And the 787 is another composite aircraft that will probably break up in mid-flight when it catches on fire!
Same type as this one -
If I recall correctly, John Denver was flying one of these kit planes when he crashed and was killed.
No, Denver was in a Rutan Long-Eze or Vari-Eze... Completely different, and much slower.
Is he connected to Obama somehow?
I didn’t notice any rioting or flags at half staff....so I guess........ nevermind.
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.
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.
I doubt if the poor schlub in the Lancair had any of these.
From what I have heard, the Lancair is a very agile high performance plane. Almost like flying a WWII fighter.
Yes, it has about the same performance as a P-40, although I bet it handles a lot better.
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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.
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