Tue, Nov 25, 2008
Plane Explodes Shortly After Passengers Escape
One of the memorable story lines of 2009 is bound to be the
number of spectacular general aviation accidents which saw all
occupants of the aircraft escape unharmed. The latest is the
spectacular crash-landing of a Beech King Air A100 in northern
Manitoba about 9:45 pm Saturday.
CTV reports the Sky North Air plane (similar to type shown
above) was on an air ambulance mission when fire broke out in the
cockpit, forcing the pilot to put the plane down in dense brush.
Two pilots, a nurse, a passenger and her infant son walked away
unharmed, just moments before the aircraft exploded.
There are only a few pieces, just bits, that are left and the
rest is badly burned," said Peter Hildebrand, regional manager for
Canada's Transportation Safety Board. "Even the emergency landing
location transmitter wasn't working... I think because of the
Mike Young, of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, added the
pilot had no time to attempt to return to the airport.
The crash site was described as a rugged area about 500
kilometers north of Winnipeg. Police in the area started getting
reports of a fireball erupting just above the trees.
The survivors were found at 2:45 am local time and taken to a
nursing station, but had suffered only a few scrapes and bruises.
Young credited the occupants' quick escape from the plane for the
CTV Winnipeg reported the 10-month-old baby, who was the patient
being transported, slept through the crash.
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