Wed, May 12, 2010
Aircraft Lost Part Of A Wing When The Engine "Blew Up"
The pilot of a kit-built jet successfully made an emergency
landing just short of the runway at Loveland, Colorado, about 1000
Sunday after the plane's engine "blew up" in flight, causing the
airplane to lose at least a portion of one wing.
The 54 year old pilot from Wellington, CO, who did not wish to
be identified, was not the person who built the Berkut
single-engine canard-configured jet. The aircraft based on the
The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports that the pilot was flying
at about 7,500 feet when the engine "exploded". He turned back to
attempt to land at Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal airport, but was
unable to make the runway. He landed in a private field, skidding
about 200 feet through a fence and across a road before impacting
an embankment and coming to a stop. The pilot walked away from the
forced landing apparently unharmed. A witness said the plane's
right wing appeared to be broken in half.
FAA records show that the Berkut was owned by Jerrold Jorritsma
of Wellington, CO. Jorritsma was issued an airworthiness
certificate for the airplane on August 1, 2006. Investigation of
the accident is ongoing.
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