Retiree Upgraded From Stable To Fair Condition With Head
The pilot of a single-engine plane that landed in a Paso Robles
vineyard last Wednesday morning remained in the hospital over the
weekend, listed in fair condition from a head injury suffered in
the crash. "He's actually doing quite well for what he
experienced," Twin Cities Community Hospital spokeswoman Brenda
The San Louis Obispo Tribune said Francis 'Frank" Reimus, 75,
declined to make a statement to reporters, but friends of the pilot
speculated the AeroVee engine installed on Reimus' Sonex (file
photo of type shown above) may have suffered
"If the engine had been running, [both] the propeller blades
would have been bent," fellow pilot Doug Erway said, noting the
crash seemed to have bent only the blade that impacted the
"If he glided, he did a reasonably good landing out there,"
Erway said. The plane came down three miles from Paso Robles
Municipal Airport (PRB) amidst trellises at Meridian Vineyards, but
caused minimal crop damage.
The aircraft, built by Reimus, didn't fare as well, sustaining
an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 worth of damage.
Erway was Reimus' flight instructor while he was working on
getting a sport pilot license. "He took his flying seriously,"
Erway said. "He didn't take unnecessary chances." The FAA is
investigating the incident.
Make/Model: EXP Description:
Date: 03/25/2009 Time: 1840
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing: N
City: PASO ROBLES State: CA Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO A VINEYARD, 3 MILES FROM PASO ROBLES
AIRPORT, PASO ROBLES, CA
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: SAN JOSE, CA
Entry date: 03/26/2009