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Small Plane Crashes Into Publix Supermarket In Deland, Florida (35 miles N of Orlando)
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Posted on 04/02/2012 6:34:38 PM PDT by MindBender26

A small single engine airplane departing the Deland, Florida airport lost engine power and crashed into the roof of the local Publix Supermarket tonight

Deland, the home of Stetson University, is primarilly a bedroom community for the Greater Orlando area.

The aircraft tookoff normally, but upon reaching about 1000 feet altitide, the engine began sputtering loundly. The pilot apparently tried to turn back to the airport but stalled and spun in to the roof of the Publix. Both occupants were burned in the post-crash fire, and three shoppers in the store were also imjured. The extent of the customers' injuries is not known. The airplane occupants were rushed to the hospital, but their condition has not been reported.

According to descriptions from local TV here, it sounds like a Lake Amphibian.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: vanity
For pilots:

Stall, spin, crash, burn.

1000 feet AGL power loss: Total failure at first power reduction, birds or water in the gas.

If you lose engine power at <1200 AGL, land straight ahead!!!

1 posted on 04/02/2012 6:34:44 PM PDT by MindBender26
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To: MindBender26

I bet the pilot would say the same thing when it wasn’t him and his plane.


2 posted on 04/02/2012 6:39:24 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: MindBender26
Yup.

Experienced that gear-up in a Cessna 210. The pilot and I both walked away and there was no fire.

3 posted on 04/02/2012 6:41:14 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: driftdiver

A great safe place to land an airplane after loss of engine power is the top of a tree.

It will go in about 50, and the tree is very cushioning.

Every smart pilot knows, DO NOT try to turn back to the airport!


4 posted on 04/02/2012 6:43:13 PM PDT by MindBender26 (New Army SF and Ranger Slogan: Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: elkfersupper

Bet that 210 slid a long way!


5 posted on 04/02/2012 6:44:20 PM PDT by MindBender26 (New Army SF and Ranger Slogan: Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: MindBender26
The pilot apparently tried to turn back to the airport but stalled and spun in to the roof of the Publix.

I was told over and over again not to try to turn back in such a situation, and I'm sure that goes for anyone in training, yet it happens again and again.

6 posted on 04/02/2012 6:46:18 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: MindBender26
"If you lose engine power at <1200 AGL, land straight ahead!!!"

We train for an eventuality that hopefully never arrives.

How many of us would be so disciplined to follow our training and not our instincts?

Most of us will finish our flying careers without ever knowing into which camp we fall.

7 posted on 04/02/2012 6:57:02 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: MindBender26

I was in the Sun Valley mall in Concord Ca in 1985 when a twin engine crashed into it. Saw things i never forgot. Very Scary and such helplessness. Being 15 at the time was even harder. Wanting to help but being to scared. Pray for the people in the Market.


8 posted on 04/02/2012 7:11:48 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: billorites

Train to land straight ahead! Hope I never have to test it.
Ferried too many wrecks back to the shop. Only one ever really scared me.
Slide a belly job in on concrete, easier to fix than on grass.


9 posted on 04/02/2012 7:12:06 PM PDT by stickandrudder (Another Bitter-Clinger! God-Family-Tribe)
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To: MindBender26
Bet that 210 slid a long way!

Yup, but it was grassland. My then father-in-law was the owner-pilot, I was right-seat. It was over in a surprisingly short time period.

10 posted on 04/02/2012 7:14:21 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: MindBender26

Yep. Biggest takeaway from all of these accidents is “Don’t stall”

Light aircraft can usually slow to about 60kts with full flaps and flare. A survivable crash, especially if into trees, etc.

But a falling to the ground is always a killer.


11 posted on 04/02/2012 7:14:37 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: MindBender26

Lost power in my Bonanza at 600 AGL over Goodland Kansas and I was turning into a 20 knot headwind. 1.5 seconds Switched tanks, hit boost, at 2.5 second control wheel fully forward left 160 degree turn to corn field touched down no flaps at 20 seconds, with a 20 knot tailwind. Slid about 300 yards minor damage to fusulage, none to control surfaces.

Turns out a the mechanical fuel pump failed.


12 posted on 04/02/2012 7:24:25 PM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: billorites
Well, at least he should have remembered that BOTH pilots shall turn right when faced with a potential head on collision situation.

A very quick turn too.

13 posted on 04/02/2012 7:31:29 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: MindBender26

Zimmerman’s fault.


14 posted on 04/02/2012 7:31:36 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (There's no shame in attacking a criminal's bean bag. -- Ron Swanson)
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To: MindBender26

Isn’t that drilled into pilots over and over and over? Yet they still attempt to turn back with the same disastrous consequences.


15 posted on 04/02/2012 7:51:06 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Of course.

Only about 10 miles north of Sanford. Had to be Zimmerman’s fault.


16 posted on 04/02/2012 8:30:07 PM PDT by MindBender26 (New Army SF and Ranger Slogan: Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: MindBender26

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2012/4/2/small_plane_crashed_


17 posted on 04/02/2012 8:40:42 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: MindBender26

I’m thinking this has to be the new “Bush’s fault” standard response to ANY violence ANYWHERE.

It’s always Zimmerman’s fault.

This one, due to the proximity, was a no-brainer.


18 posted on 04/02/2012 8:54:20 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (There's no shame in attacking a criminal's bean bag. -- Ron Swanson)
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To: MindBender26

I used to fly ultralights. Two cycle engines quit for the hell of it. Unexpected dead stick landings were common. Though I never had formal training, I had read that when the engine stops, you chose your landing spot and don’t change your mind. I only did that once and was lucky. I lost my drive belt at about 1300 ft AGL and chose a nice flat field straight ahead to land in. As I got closer, I noticed two disturbing features. There was a power pole in the middle of the field and I couldn’t see which way the wires ran. Also, there was no road adjacent to the field, so accessibility to the plane was questionable. I quickly chose another field next to a road. It worked out OK but I scared the manure out of some cows.


19 posted on 04/02/2012 9:12:33 PM PDT by Boiling point
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To: MindBender26

After loss of power the very first thing you do is get the nose over and establish the best glide.Then start swannecking it looking for a good place to put the bird down.I have only had to do that twice.


20 posted on 04/02/2012 10:20:04 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: MindBender26

If this is the same Publix located at the Intersection of 17/92 and Orange Camp Road, I know exactly where it is. It is across the street from the Nissan dealership. Is this the place. I used to take my elderly mother shopping there before she passed, haven’t been there in several years..


21 posted on 04/03/2012 3:25:05 AM PDT by MountainYankee
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To: MindBender26

That’s awfully close to Sanford Florida. Was the pilot a white hispanic? Was the supermarket largely occupied by african american choir boys?


22 posted on 04/03/2012 6:30:08 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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