Wed, Jul 06, 2011
John Klatt Lands Safely After Shedding Aileron During Snap
Spectators at the Battle Creek Balloon Festival Airshow in
Michigan got a disconcerting look Sunday into the risks faced by
aerobatic performers. John Klatt's Panzl S330 lost its left aileron
during a series of snap rolls, but he was able to level out even as
the control surface fluttered to the ground.
YouTube Frame Capture Of Aileron Coming Off The
In one spectator video posted on YouTube, the excited chatter of
airshow announcer Phil Dacy is heard to stop completely immediately
following the separation, and the recording captures spectators
speculating that the worst is about to happen as they see emergency
responders gathering. Instead, as reported by the Battle Creek
Enquirer, performer Rob Holland, who was waiting on the runway to
perform after Klatt, took off to get a closer look at the damaged
plane. Klatt then made a safe landing without injury, but the plane
was said to be damaged extensively.
Klatt's Airplane During Performance Before Shedding An
Scott Russell, a spokesman for John Klatt Airshows, told the
paper the incident happened within the airshow box, and said of
Klatt, "His safety was not in jeopardy and no one on the ground was
in jeopardy...we are investigating along with the Federal Aviation
Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board."
Klatt did not perform on Monday's final day of the show.
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