Tue, Jun 14, 2005
Plane Down On City Street
Three men aboard a DC-3
were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries Monday after
their cargo flight made a forced landing on a city street near Fort
Aerial photographs of the scene made it clear the pilot threaded
the needle in keeping the aircraft from ploughing into homes on
either side of the street.
"As much as possible it landed on a roadway," Oakland Park, FL,
Fire Rescue spokesman David Rafter, told NBC6/Miami. "I don't know
if it caused incidental damage to structures (on the ground)."
The aircraft, registered to John W. Andrews of Wichita Falls,
TX, burned and was completely destroyed after it pancaked in,
wheels up, on the residential street.
Those aboard, identified as pilot Charles Riggs, copilot Charles
Wirt and passenger Hector Espinoza, were all said to be in fair
condition at a local hospital.
"This DC-3, which looked in pretty good condition," witness Jay
Huber told the TV station. "This plane was just pancaking, nose up,
engines going like hell, like it was trying to stay up, and it was
only about 150 feet in air."
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