NSF-Chartered Plane Crashed On Takeoff Near Mt. Patterson
All 10 people onboard a Basler DC-3 chartered by the National
Science Foundation are safe, after the aircraft crashed on takeoff
earlier this week in Antarctica. The turboprop-converted workhorse
was providing support to a group of researchers at a remote
location on the southernmost continent.
"There is a consensus from the event organizers that
they want to continue. However, each event annually decides on its
own whether it will operate in future years by evaluating a variety
of factors. That ability for the local organizers to determine
their own course will not change."
Source: From a message on the Experimental
Aircraft Association website, intended to clarify EAA's position on
its support of regional fly-ins. On Monday, officials with the
Southwest Regional Fly-In announced the end of the 46-year event,
saying changes in regards to EAA's relationship with SWRFI,
including a decision to end EAA's previous insurance arrangements
for such events, led to the decision.