Posted by: Darren
on Jun 30, 2009
The news today of a CTsw from Barton crashing into a front garden in Eccles brings the fact that accidents like this do happen, too close to home.
Being based from City Airport Manchester (aka Barton) and knowing Chris Copple who the said aircraft is registered to makes this incident so much more personal and real. I think a lot of pilots realise thatour sport does have significant and present dangers, but we put them to the back of our mind everytime we fly of think of the joys of being in the air.
It appears the pilot put out a mayday call just after take off reporting an engine failure. Looking at the photos its a miracle they got out alive and from the Manchester Evening News report it appears they came away without too much in the way of injures as well, lets hope that is true.
Posted by: John-R
on Jun 20, 2009
I was in Sunny beach in Bulgaria, June 09, when I saw this. It would take off from the beach in Sunny Beach. Fly to Nessibar, a small quaint town on a small pininsular, 1 mile away and return 10 min later. 60 lev (£30). It had no call sign and looked in very poor condition. (Well Dodgy). You didn't have helmets, just ear defenders. The sea was a little choppy at this point and he said 'the conditions are not to good', This means that is is not a good idea to take off, particularly as there was a cross wind to the waves. I passed on this one. (Wise decissision). But I must admit - His job was better than mine. John Royle - Drain Cleaner !