Looks like he spun in.There's no damage that I can see from any
particular direction, ie, skid/crash marks or damage to the building, etc.
Looks like got into a fairly flat spin and just pancaked it in real hard.
Bummer.I've spun in planes before, probably a thousand times as an
Air Force pilot, but only above 10,000 feet. To spin low, and know you have
zero chance of getting out of the spin would be awful.Have to wait
to see what the NTSB says about the crash.Sorry to hear about his
death but glad no one else was hurt.To all the pilots out there, fly
i looked at the photos to see where the plane got so much damage but i guess
that the concrete and masonry work was so good it did not even accept
scars---glad there was no fire---
the parachutes are not trouble free either---most pilots feel they can cope with
whatever comes even when that feeling is ego talking---
They make parachutes for light aircraft. The system is (relatively) inexpensive
and easily installed. Why all light planes don't come equipped with them I'll
never know, it could save so many lives.
Sounds like he ran out of gas (no fire). Tried to make an approach to the ball
field, got to low and tried to stretch his glide, stalled and did the ole'
graveyard yard spiral. For a pilot not a bad way to go. I feel sorry for his
family though, some little guy is asking when grandpa is coming. Dang.
I'm sorry for the pilot's family.I was thinking, its a different
world from when I grew up. When I was in third or fourth grade, there was a
bomb threat (my elementary school was owned and operated by the university - it
was during the end of the 60's and such was somewhat common - the threat was for
an adjoining university building), anyway, to be on the safe side, much of
campus, including our elementary school was evacuated.We all thought
it was exciting. Got to go home early and embellish a great tale to anyone who
would listen, though it didn't amount to anything. The following day, there
were no sessions with counselors to deal with all the trauma. As far as I know,
we all survived it just fine - especially mentally. We all looked forward to
the next early dismissal. I wonder if we just don't deal with life when it
isn't smooth sailing. Somehow we need to redevelop that skill.I am
glad none of the children were hurt.
The same thing happened in Kearns when I was in the fourth grade. There was a
midair collision. They kept the kids in school until they could clean up the
mess. I hope they did the same here.
"near" West Jordan elementary?How much closer does it need
to be to be considered in the school?