Civil Air Patrol Traces ELT Signal
A pilot endured about 50 hours in his plane after an accident --
suspended from a tree -- before being located by rescuers Wednesday
in Lafayette County, MS.
Pilot Dennis Steinbock, 52, of Klamath Falls, OR, is believed to
have sustained lower extremity fractures and was suffering from
dehydration, the Civil Air Patrol told the Associated Press.
CAP Mississippi Wing Public affairs officer 1st Lt. Phil Norris
said Steinbock was enroute from Alabama to Missouri in a homebuilt
CH601 Zodiac (type shown above) when he disappeared. CAP began an
air search Tuesday, when the pilot did not arrive in Tupelo after
making radio contact Monday.
An emergency locator transmitter signal was detected Wednesday
prompting the CAP to launch a ground search and rescue team.
Steinbock was located in what is described as a densely wooded
gully about 15 miles south of Oxford. It took rescuers two hours to
extricate the pilot from the tree.
He was then airlifted to Memphis Medical Center.
According to Norris, Steinbrock, a high school history teacher,
was scheduled to make a fuel stop in Helena, AR on his trip from
Alabama to Pont Lookout, MO.
Steinbock's son, Steven, said he was told by hospital officials
his father's injuries were not critical.
"I would still like to talk to him," he said. "At least we
know he's going to be OK."
Make/Model: EXP Description:
Date: 06/18/2007 Time: 2240
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Serious Mid Air: N
City: OXFORD State: MS Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, 4.5 MILES FROM
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: JACKSON, MS
Entry date: 06/21/2007