Turbine Legend Impacted Turnpike On Tuesday
The son of a pilot killed in Tuesday in the crash of a Turbine
Legend experimental aircraft near Tulsa, OK says the plane was
experiencing engine problems his father was attempting to fix.
Clair Tromsness, 72, took off from Miami Municipal Airport (MIO)
just before 1400 CDT Tuesday. The aircraft (file photo of type,
below) impacted the center median of the Will Rogers Turnpike at
mile marker 312 shortly after.
"He was only going up for an hour or two," David Tromsness told
Tulsa World about his father. "The plane was having some engine
problems, and he was trying to correct them."
Tromsness, who until 1980 taught speech, drama and English at
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, purchased the
already-completed homebuilt aircraft last year. He had flown the
high-performance aircraft before, according to his wife, but he was
"He was really still trying to learn the plane," said Florence
Tromsness. "He hadn’t had a chance to fly it very much, and
he’d been wanting to for the last several days.
"It's been giving us trouble," she added, noting her husband had
told her of problems with the plane. "It hasn’t been
Witnesses said the plane maneuvered erratically just before the
crash. Some believed the pilot was performing aerobatics.
EXP Description: TURBINE
Date: 04/28/2008 Time: 1930
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: MIAMI State: OK Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES ONTO A HIGHWAY,
THE ONE PERSON
ON BOARD WAS FATALLY INJURED, MIAMI, OK
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Entry date: 04/29/2008