Pilot Says Engine Was 'Pulling, Surging'
A twin-engine turboprop airplane
skidded into a ditch at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, IL
earlier this week after the pilot experienced engine trouble and
aborted the takeoff, authorities said.
The airplane was carrying four family members back to their home
in Shreveport, LA when the pilot reported he felt a surge in the
"One engine was operating normally while the left engine was
pulling, surging," the pilot, Stacy Mchalffey, told the Chicago
Tribune. "The aircraft drifted to the left and then at some point
off to the left side of the runway."
The plane, a Swearingen Merlin SA-226-T (type shown above),
sustained significant damage in the Wednesday morning accident.
Those onboard were treated for minor bumps and bruises, said
Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac.
Weather conditions and visibility at Chicago Executive were poor
at the time of the accident, according to several witnesses. One
witness reported, "It was snowing pretty heavily; very slushy and
"Had we not had this weather and the runway was dry, I would
have been able to control the aircraft," said Mchalffey.
Regis#: 125WG Make/Model:
SW3 Description: SA-226TB, SA-227TT Merlin
Date: 04/11/2007 Time: 1615
Event Type: Incident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing: N
City: CHICAGO State: IL Country: US
AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF, SLID OFF THE RUNWAY, CHICAGO-PROSPECT
INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0
1 Fat: 0 Ser: 0
Min: 0 Unk:
4 Fat: 0 Ser: 0
Min: 0 Unk:
Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser:
0 Min: 0 Unk:
WEATHER: SPECI 1619Z 09011G26KTS 3/4SM -SNBR BKN007 OVC012 01/00
Activity: Unknown Phase: Take-off
IL Dep Date:
Destination: SHREVEPORT, LA Flt
Plan: IFR Wx Briefing:
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: WEST CHICAGO, IL
(GL03) Entry date: