Skip to comments.Three Killed in Small Jet Crash in Ohio
Posted on 04/08/2003 8:46:20 PM PDT by TravisBickle
SWANTON, Ohio (AP) -
A twin-engine jet crashed in flames Tuesday as it approached the Toledo airport, killing all three people on board, a sheriff said.
The Falcon 20 turbo jet, which had left from Traverse City, Mich., went down about 2 p.m. in a nature preserve a mile southwest of the airport. The flames were extinguished about two hours later.
Killed were Dave Davenport, 40, of Elmore, Ohio; Will Forshay, 37, of Maumee, Ohio; and Wallis Bouldin, 34, of Louisville, Ky., the State Highway Patrol said. The three were employees of Grand Aire Inc., a charter company based in suburban Toledo that owned the plane, Lucas County Sheriff James Telb said.
Tahir Cheema, Grand Aire's owner and president, said all three were experienced pilots, but he declined further comment.
Air traffic controllers alerted authorities when the plane dropped off radar, Telb said. Sheriff's deputies and park rangers discovered the wreckage in a remote area thick with brush and leaves after following a horse trail toward smoke.
"It was really difficult to reach it and even find it," said Mike George, fire chief for the Ohio National Guard unit based at the airport, which is about 15 miles west of Toledo in Swanton.
The wreckage lay in a heap surrounded by yellow police tape, still smoldering hours after the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board sent an investigator to the crash site.
Grand Aire offers passenger and freight charter services.
On July 18, a twin-engine plane owned by the company crashed as it attempted to land in dense fog at an airport in Columbus, Ind. The pilot was killed
At a press conference, the St Louis police chief announced the names of the people aboard the plane that crashed into the river; I didn't get their names but heard that one of them is named Mohammed.
What a coincidence.
This is last years crash, of the planes by the same company as todays St Louis crash.
Vel, did you do this?
(trying to make a joke)
I can't believe how many crashes we are having lately!!!!!!
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