Wed, Jan 21, 2009
Plane Failed To Leave Ground
An adult and two teenagers are safe after their Diamond DA42
Twin Star crashed on takeoff Tuesday in West Cornwall, England.
According to the BBC, the aircraft was departing Land's End Airport
bound for Essex when it ran off the runway, impacted a hedge and
Witnesses told investigators the plane lost power while
attempting to takeoff. Rescue crews had to cut an opening for the
three people onboard to escape the plane (the DA42's forward
seats are accessed by a forward-opening canopy, with a left-side
door for rear seat passengers -- Ed.)
Fortunately, no one onboard was seriously injured in the
accident. Officials described them as "walking wounded."
"The casualties were taken off suffering from shock, obviously,
from a very traumatic event," said Cornwall Fire Brigade incident
commander Stuart Whitworth.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch will investigate the
accident. The Twin Star is powered by dual Thielert Centurion
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