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DH Dragon Rapide crash


Old 12th Aug 2018, 14:02
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DH Dragon Rapide crash

A Dragon Rapide came to grief during takeoff while taking a group flying following an airshow in British Colombia
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Old 12th Aug 2018, 16:39
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It was the Rapide from Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field:

De Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapide 4 - Untitled Aviation Photo #4380859
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 16:07
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More information. The pilot was John Sessions, the founder of the Historic Flight Museum at Paine Field.
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Old 17th Aug 2018, 07:10
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This was apparently posted by John Sessions on Facebook... A grievous life-changing injury but he is home, positive and evidently in good humour, which I feel will aid him back in to the cockpit in no time at all.

As many followers of HFF know, I was the pilot of a beautifully restored DH 89 Dragon Rapide that crashed shortly after takeoff last Saturday at Abbotsford. The best news is the passengers are home and will be whole again. I was critically injured and required two surgeries, but less than four days later, the doctors at Royal Columbian (BC's trauma hospital) sent me home. From my present perch, I have resumed general ruckus-making via e-mail.

Regarding flying commitments and events for the remainder of the season, HFF will finish strong where it can and modify or substitute where necessary. The web site and Facebook will be the best sources of information. Looking longer term, we will spend the fall and winter presenting some of the best aviation programs available, constructing a second facility at Spokane's Felts Field, and preparing to pathfind in 2019, the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.

I will focus on healing and a love/hate relationship with a physical therapist. The rules allow me to fly again after I demonstrate pilot skills with a prosthetic lower left leg. Pistorius gave blade runners a bad name. I'm motivated to turn that around.

When you need a good read, pick up one of the biographies of WWII RAF ace Douglas Bader.

Thank you for many expressions of concern. HFF attracts a lovely group. I will see some of you this Saturday at Challenge Air.

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