Mon, Aug 20, 2007
Plane Down On Takeoff From Fly-In Community
A Thorp experimental airplane went down in Wellington, FL Sunday
morning, claiming the lives of the president of the Wellington Aero
Club and his wife.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the aircraft had just
departed the Wellington Aero Club fly-in community (FD38) when the
engine apparently quit. The plane impacted terrain in the
middle of a dog park; Aero Club President Scott Schlander and his
wife were both lost in the accident.
Club Director Guy Maira received a call from a controller at the
Palm Beach International Airport identifying the victims. The
accident occurred a half-mile southeast of the community's
4,000-foot turf runway.
"I tell you, he must have really done some maneuvering to end up
where he did," Board director John Wagner told the Sun-Sentinel.
"It's in the middle of the dog park, and it's turned around the
opposite way of how it would be to take off."
Wagner was on his back porch when he heard the Thorp Schlander
recently purchased take off. A few seconds later, he heard
the engine cut out. He said a witness of the accident told
him the plane "just made a turn and came straight down."
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