Mon, Aug 30, 2010
He Had Gotten Out Of His Airplane In The Run-Up Area
An experienced flight instructor was struck and killed by a
moving propeller in the run-up area of runway 34 at Beverly Airport
(KBVY) in Beverly, Massachusetts last last week. Witnesses said
30-year-old Michael Costales of Weymouth, MA was trying to help the
pilot of a Piper Sport close the canopy on his airplane.
Piper Warrior File Photo
The accident occurred about 1215 EDT Thursday. Costales
reportedly was waiting with a student in a Piper Warrior for
departure clearance alongside a student and another
instructor in a PiperSport, and the student pilot was having
difficulty closing the canopy of his airplane. It is still not
known if Costales walked into the moving prop, or the plane moved.
Beverly Airport Commission Chair Paul Vitale said the student was
in the left seat of the PiperSport, and he is being interviewed as
part of the investigation. "Whether the plane jerked forward or
whether he had the plane under control will be determined by the
investigation," Vitale said.
PiperSport Canopy Open File Photo
The North Andover Eagle Tribune reports that both aircraft are
owned by the Beverly Flight Center, and both were involved in
flight training operations when the accident occurred. Costales
reportedly had been flying since he was 20, and had become a flight
instructor at 21. The names of the others in the airplanes at the
time of the accident have not been released.
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