Tue, Sep 22, 2009
Pilot Suffers Serious Injuries
Sixty-three year-old Philip de Ridder was seriously injured
Saturday when the Seawind 3000 he was piloting reportedly
experienced engine problems and went down near Mission Golf Course
in Vancouver, British Columbia. No one on the ground was hurt.
Witnesses told the RCMP that they heard what sounded like an
aircraft with engine problems prior to the accident.
The Vancouver Sun reports that de Ridder co-owned the aircraft
with Dr. Gabor Balogh. While he had not spoken with de Ridder,
Balogh said "(h)e's a good pilot."
Balogh also said he thought the Seawind was in good mechanical
condition. "We've flown that thing individually all over North
America, Alaska, to East Coast, everywhere. It's a well-built
plane, all the scheduled maintenance has been done and the engine
was running really well. We keep it in top shape," he told the
Balogh was in Ontario at the time of the crash, but told
authorities he had flown the plane the previous week, and
everything worked fine. Transport Canada will investigate the
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