Down In Field Shortly After Take-Off
A New Jersey couple was hospitalized in Elko (NV) Tuesday
morning after their Beechcraft B-36 made an emergency landing in a
field shortly after take-off from Elko Regional Airport.
Authorities said the couple had just departed Elko's Runway 5
and apparently ran into power problems right away.
"To the tower, it didn't appear he climbed at a normal rate of
climb," said airport director Cris Jensen.
The aircraft hit a stop sign and crossed a highway before coming
to rest in a field, according to authorities. Brian Adams was at
work in a nearby truck stop. "It was pretty devastating," he said
in an interview with the Elko Free-Press. "I saw the flames shoot
about 50 feet in the air and I felt the heat on my face."
As the Bonanza skidded along the road, it went right past the
Elko Fire Department. Firefighters, who were outside washing their
engines, rushed to the scene where the aircraft came to rest.
"This could have been a lot worse than it was," Adams said.
FAA Preliminary Accident Report
Make/Model: BE35 Description: 35
Date: 04/05/2004 Time: 1520
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Serious Mid Air: N
State: NV Country: US
ACFT DURING TAKEOFF, RAN OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY, THRU A
THE HIGHWAY AND INTO A FIELD, ACFT CAUGHT FIRE AND WAS
DESTROYED, THE TWO
PERSONS ON BOARD WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED, ELKO, NV
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 1
Fat: 0 Ser:
Fat: 0 Ser:
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Take-off Operation: General
Dep Date: Dep.
Flt Plan: UNK
Wx Briefing: U
Last Radio Cont: UNK
Last Clearance: UNK
FAA FSDO: RENO, NV
Entry date: 04/06/2004