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Pilot lands on road Canada mistaken for Pennsylvania
The Toronto Sun ^ | September 4, 2003 | JASON TCHIR

Posted on 09/04/2003 6:31:36 AM PDT by xp38

BUCKHORN -- An American pilot who landed his plane on a busy highway near Peterborough yesterday didn't know he was in Canada, a witness said. "I saw the plane coming down as I was driving around the corner, so I just stopped," said 18-year-old Ryan Madill, who was driving a truck on Peterborough County Rd. 36 at 11 a.m. when a single-engine Cessna sliced through a telephone pole and crashed into a ditch.

"After I went and opened the door of the airplane (and) he said, 'Where am I? Am I in the U.S?' "

EVERYONE LUCKY

Although the telephone pole smashed into Madill's windshield and another truck, driven by 79-year-old Ed Sheney of Bobcaygeon, swerved into the woods beside the highway to avoid hitting the plane, nobody was seriously hurt in the accident, OPP said.

"Everyone was fortunate. It's amazing," OPP Sgt. Gord Magee said at the scene. "All we got was a smashed windshield and a truck that ended up in the rhubarb."

While Magee said he couldn't release the pilot's name, a search using the aircraft's registration number revealed the plane belongs to Harold Hawley, who lives in Barker, N.Y., near Buffalo.

Peterborough Regional Health Centre confirmed that Hawley, 52, had been admitted to emergency and was later taken to St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Hawley told police he believed he was over Pennsylvania when his 27-year-old plane ran out of fuel.

He said he had left from an airport in Rhode Island at 6:30 a.m. and was headed to Akron, N.Y..

"Somewhere, somehow, like Bugs Bunny, he missed a turn at Albuquerque," OPP spokesman Const. Bob LaFreniere said. "He certainly flew off his path."

A spokesman for Hydro One said power was knocked out for about 1,260 customers when the plane hit the hydro pole. It was restored within a few hours.

Transport Canada is investigating.

"We'll see if there were safety deficiencies with the plane or if there was pilot error," said agency spokesman Julie Iannetta.


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aircraft; canada; navigation; newyork; pennsylvania

1 posted on 09/04/2003 6:31:37 AM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38
"Wrong Way Feldman" bump...
2 posted on 09/04/2003 6:51:38 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: hellinahandcart
LOL, that as my first thought!
3 posted on 09/04/2003 6:52:57 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase
as=was
4 posted on 09/04/2003 6:53:11 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: xp38
Hmm. Lives in Buffalo, lands in Ontario but thinks he's in Pennsylvania. Too dumb to read a compass, too oblivious to notice Lake Ontario? Clearly too dumb to fly anything but coach.
5 posted on 09/04/2003 6:56:47 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (In other news: Cruz Bustamante will neither confirm nor deny that he's a racist.)
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To: hellinahandcart
A few years ago, when I was picked up by my Aussie pal upon arrival in Perth, he told me about the Garuda (Indonesian) captain that damn near landed his Jumbo on Route 1 - the main drag into the airport....for cars, not 747's.
6 posted on 09/04/2003 6:58:58 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (40 miles inland, California becomes Flyover Country!)
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To: Rebelbase
I tried real hard to find a picture too.
7 posted on 09/04/2003 6:59:35 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: hellinahandcart
The real "Wrong way" Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan......This guy passed away in 1995, long lived gent.
8 posted on 09/04/2003 7:01:52 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: hellinahandcart
"Photo of Wrong Way Feldman"
9 posted on 09/04/2003 7:05:40 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase
How did you do that? Google images came up empty.
10 posted on 09/04/2003 7:07:52 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: Rebelbase
"!nagirroC yaW gnorW ot liaH"
11 posted on 09/04/2003 7:09:49 AM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: xp38; All
China Airlines Airbus Takes Off from Taxiway
12 posted on 09/04/2003 7:11:08 AM PDT by dighton (NLC™)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Amazing, He was given a ticker tape parade where 2 million people attended. What kind of event could get 2 million to show up in today's world?
13 posted on 09/04/2003 7:25:38 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: hellinahandcart
Spelled his first name as one word.
14 posted on 09/04/2003 7:30:08 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: xp38
Any kin to Wong Wei? :p
15 posted on 09/04/2003 7:32:42 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: dighton
'Lost' Air Canada plane nearly hits B.C. Cessna

I would have thought the pilot would have noticed the lake ontario thingie was on the LEFT side of his plane, not the right. But then again, I have heard some other wild stories about pilots getting lost.

16 posted on 09/04/2003 7:49:45 AM PDT by Fudd (A good navigator is never quite sure where he's going until he gets there.)
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To: xp38
Pilots Database Search Result

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Name : HAWLEY, HAROLD PAUL

Pilot's Address : 2739 DRUM RD MIDDLEPORT, NY, 14105-9776

FAA Region : Eastern

Date of Medical : Oct, 2002

Class of Medical : 3

Expiration : Oct, 2004

Pilot Certificates : Private Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land : Mechanic Airframe Powerplant

Status : In Deep Solid Animal Waste...


17 posted on 09/04/2003 8:04:28 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: xp38
N-number : N108CT

Aircraft Serial Number : 17267671

Aircraft Manufacturer : CESSNA Model : 172N

Engine Manufacturer : LYCOMING Model : 0-320 SERIES

Aircraft Year : 1976

Owner Name : HAWLEY HAROLD F

Owner Address : 8438 W SOMERSET RD BARKER, NY, 14012-9620

Type of Owner : Individual

Registration Date : 14-Mar-1985

Airworthiness Certificate Type : Standard

Approved Operations : Normal

18 posted on 09/04/2003 8:08:13 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Fudd
Given my own poor sense of direction, perhaps I should start a service called Random Air.

Sorry, never mind. Somebody got there first.

19 posted on 09/04/2003 8:10:29 AM PDT by dighton (NLC™)
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To: dighton
That's nothing. I've pulled into the wrong driveway and entered the wrong house on several occasions. At least, that's what I always tell the husbands.
20 posted on 09/04/2003 8:14:36 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: xp38
Sound like he flew a reciprocal 180 degree course .... it happens

...in WWII a German flying the then new hot FW190 fighter (the brits were desperate to get there hands on one) did this and landed in England thinking it was France

21 posted on 09/04/2003 8:37:27 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Free Republic ..You have to support, things we don't support, to get our support.... goofy isn’t it?)
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To: xp38
That guy flys a bit better than this Saudi Air pilot.


22 posted on 09/04/2003 8:43:35 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: xp38
"Somewhere, somehow, like Bugs Bunny, he missed a turn at Albuquerque," OPP spokesman Const. Bob LaFreniere said."

Great quote! Hehe. Al-buh-koi-kee.

23 posted on 09/04/2003 10:21:46 AM PDT by CanadianLibertarian
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To: xp38
Talk about a Wrong Way Peachfuzz...
24 posted on 09/04/2003 10:22:41 AM PDT by mewzilla
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