Wed, Aug 01, 2007
Trouble Started Following Engine-Out Practice
A simulated engine-out exercise became very real for two pilots
in a vintage Beechcraft C-45H two weeks ago, according to the
National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the
According to the prelim, pilot Stanley Peterson, 64, brought the
aircraft's right engine to idle and feathered the prop to simulate
engine failure during the instructional flight, when the left
engine started running rough.
The crew throttled the right engine back up, but it also ran
rough and it soon became clear the aircraft (type shown above)
could not maintain level flight.
Witnesses on the ground observed the aircraft "at low level
about 200 feet and descending. It made a turn to the west, leveled
off, then descended sharply. The engines appeared to be 'stopped,'"
according to the NTSB.
As ANN reported, the C-45H --
owned by the Commemorative Air Force's American Airport Flying
Museum -- clipped trees before impacting the ground, slid about 100
yards, crossed a road and knocked over a power pole. The left
engine caught fire on impact.
Peterson was seriously injured in the crash. Co-pilot David
Gianakos, 52, received minor injuries.
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