Small Plane Crashes On Approach To Runway
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 04.16.07 2215
EDT: Aero-News has learned two victims perished in
Monday's crash of a plane, tentatively identified as a homebuilt
Wheeler Express (file photo of type, right), less than one mile
from the approach end to Runway 27-Left at Lakeland Linder Regional
Authorities tell Bay News 9 the plane's pilot was Terrence
Albert Sack of Dublin, OH. The other victim was Roger Caldwell of
FAA records show a "Terrair Express" aircraft, built by a
Terrence Sack in Dublin, registered in 2002.
Investigators have not identified a possible cause of the Monday
1710 EDT: At least one person was killed Monday
afternoon, when a small aircraft went down less than one mile from
the approach end to runway 27L at Lakeland-Linder Regional
Local news reports state the aircraft, type unknown, crashed in
a vacant horse farm near Waring and Drane Field Roads just after
1400 EDT. The FAA could not confirm the plane was flying to the Sun
'N Fun Fly-In, although the accident site is located on the
approach path to the airport's two west runways.
Black smoke could be seen from the show grounds. Planes arriving
to Lakeland for the fly-in, which begins Tuesday, were waved off
for approximately 35 minutes, as airspace over LAL was closed off
for emergency crews.
Aircraft arriving to Sun 'N Fun typically approach the
field from the north, and enter either a right downwind for Runway
27-Left/Right, or a left downwind for Runway 9L/R. Controllers --
brought in from larger FAA facilities to handle traffic during the
show -- then stagger the aircraft to one of the two runways.
(Runway 9L/27R is a temporary runway, established on a taxiway for
the duration of the fly-in.)
ANN will continue to follow this story, and update as more
information becomes available.