On Wednesday, the 29th of August, at about 2:45 in the afternoon, a Beechcraft Baron crashed at Milliville Municipal airport in New Jersey. According to the Daily Journal, the plane’s passenger was injured, while the pilot died in the crash.
The 50 year old Beechcraft Baron was reported to have bounced on the runway multiple times before it went off the runway into the grassy surroundings and flipped over. An airport worker reported to the New Jersey Press Media that: “The plane traveled about 600ft and cartwheeled before stopping.” The airport officials also reported that there was no fire, but that the plane was heavily damaged.
Plane Crash Decoded
The facts as attained from the airport staff who witnessed this unfortunate event, and the news media are:
- The Beechcraft Baron was 50 years old.
- The twin engine aircraft was being used for flying lessons.
- The air crash took place at 02:45 pm, Wednesday at Milliville Municipal airport in New Jersey.
- The aircraft bounced several times on the runway.
- The plane veered off the runway.
- The airplane covered a distance of about 600ft on grassy land.
- The aircraft flipped over.
The Sequence of Events
The sequence of events concerned directly with this air crash is as follows:
- The Beechcraft Baron approaches to land.
- Attempts to touch down but bounces off, which is then followed by multiple bounces.
- The aircraft speeds off the runway into the adjacent grassland.
- The plane flips over.
Interpreting Crash Accounts
The absence of fuel-fire is probably what saved the life of the plane’s passenger. There is immense danger of a plane catching fire as a consequence of fuel leaking from the tanks during a crash. In this case however, the fuel tanks apparently were intact, thereby preventing any fire at the site of the crash.
‘Bouncing’ Airplanes During Training
Airplanes bouncing during a training flight is a common phenomenon, which the trainee pilot then learns how to correct through experience. Every flight school teaches, prior to practical exposure to bouncing planes, that in the event of a bounce, the power lever must be pushed to full power and the wings kept straight and level. The fact that the plane bounced multiple times indicates that the power was not set to full after the first bounce.
Plane Crash: Potential Causes
When landing, this type of aircraft stalls at about 84mph – this means that the approach speed of this particular plane must have been much higher, since it did not stall. This could have been the cause of the aircraft’s momentum, which forced it off the runway and into the grass.
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