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Lon More
31st Oct 2005, 12:03
From Avweb, a take off from a road (http://www.wafb.com/global/video/WorldNowASX.asp?playerType=native&ClipID1=564694&h1=Plane) goes wrong.

There's no law against taking an airplane off from a road (just like there's no law against running out of fuel and having to land on the road in the first place) but sometimes it's just not a good idea. Many of the townsfolk of Baker, La., were watching (and at least one had a video camera) last Wednesday when Michael Simon attempted to take off from a road in his Cessna 210. On the roll, the plane grazed a truck-trailer before striking a wing on the back of a fire-rescue truck and careening into a ditch. Simon came through without a scratch but the same cannot be said for the 210. A "lapse in communication" is blamed for Simon's trying to take off before police and fire officials, who blocked the road, were completely ready

G-CPTN
31st Oct 2005, 12:07
What you should also know is that the pilot had landed on the highway after running out of fuel, only a short distance away from an airfield. He refused the offer of trucking the a/c back to the airfield but that was how it ended anyway.

http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=4038264

Onan the Clumsy
31st Oct 2005, 12:14
Peaople like that shouldn't be allowed near aeroplanes :* Instead they should just have their property siezed and given to someone whoul would look after it and use it wisely.

Binoculars
31st Oct 2005, 12:43
If the cameraman was really a TV news employee, methinks he should consider another career.

Paterbrat
31st Oct 2005, 14:21
What a sad end for a nice plane. Always did enjoy flying the 210, had a funny gear retraction though, certain spot when the main gear did it's turn side on to airflow when there was a distinct fall in the climb rate away from the obstacles at the end of short ruynways.:hmm: :ooh: :oh: :uhoh: :\ :yuk: :O :D :ok: