Hikes Through Snow In Shorts, Sneakers
If you got your money's worth during ground school, your
instructor gave at least passing mention to the need to dress for
conditions where you're planning to fly. Alaskan bush pilots
wouldn't dream of taking off wearing shorts and flip-flops... but
you see plenty of recreational fliers do just that, even in
uncomfortably cool weather.
One unidentified student pilot probably won't make that mistake
again. The Associated Press reports he was on a solo cross-country
flight in a Piper PA28 (type shown above) from Billings to Pryor,
WY Tuesday night, when he crashed into a forested slope on Big
Pryor Mountain, near Warren, MT.
After surviving the crash with a dislocated shoulder and other
minor injuries, he put on a jacket and wool hat, and wrapped
himself in a tarp as protection against temperatures which dropped
to near zero Fahrenheit.
In the morning, he used his cellphone to call his flight
instructor, then hiked out to meet rescuers through a mile of
waist-deep snow, wearing his jacket, his hat... and shorts and
"He was very cold and cut up by the time we found a place to
land and could hike into him," said Jon Trapp, assistant
coordinator of Carbon County Search and Rescue.
The pilot was also said to be suffering from hypothermia.
Regis#: 432RM Make/Model:
PA28 Description: PA-28 CHEROKEE,
ARROW, WARRIOR, ACHER, D
Date: 03/26/2008 Time: 0325
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Serious Mid Air: N
City: WARREN State: MT Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER DEPARTURE
MT. FLIGHT WAS A NIGHT SOLO CROSS COUNTRY, WARREN, MT
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: METAR KBIL 260353Z 21004KT 10SM BKN095 04/M09 A2998
Activity: Training Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: HELENA, MT
Entry date: 03/27/2008