Wed, Mar 07, 2007
Experimental Aircraft Down in Remote Area
A pilot died Monday when his
aircraft went down in a remote field in Madison County, IL.
FAA preliminary reports identify the aircraft as a Quickie Q2
(file photo of type, right) that "crashed after reporting a rough
The accident occurred around 2:30 pm in a muddy, remote
area between Edwardsville and Hamel.
Police from Bethalto contacted the tower at St. Louis Regional
Airport and reported a possible plane down. Emergency personnel
were directed to the crash site with the assistance of another
pilot, who performed aerial circles aver the area marking the
The plane was located upside down and on fire, according to
Edwardsville Fire Chief Brian Wilson.
"Obviously, this is a tragedy, but this pilot should be
commended for his actions," Madison County Sheriff's Captain John
Lakin said, referring to the pilot apparently guiding the aircraft
away from residences and the heavily traveled Route 57 near the
site of impact.
The pilot's identification has not yet been released pending
notification of family, according to the Belleville News Democrat.
An autopsy has been ordered.
The Quickie Q2 is an experimental, two-place homebuilt light
aircraft with a 64-horsepower engine. It was adapted from Burt
Rutan's original Quickie design by Tom Jewett and Gene Sheehan. It
was produced in kit form, and marketed by the Quickie Aircraft
Corp., founded by Jewett and Sheehan.
More than 2,000 kits were reportedly sold before production
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