Medical plane bound for Rochester cra...

Medical plane bound for Rochester crashes in Lake Michigan; 1 rescued

There are 15 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 23, 2010, titled Medical plane bound for Rochester crashes in Lake Michigan; 1 rescued. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The U.S. Coast Guard says a medical transport plane carrying five crashed in Lake Michigan and one person has been rescued.

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“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#2 Jul 23, 2010
dfl Donald wrote:
They should have let the Barefoot thief fly it!
It is strange that the owner/captain of the flight was rescued first, with others missing. Typical seating in most light twins or singles puts the captain in the left seat, the typical exit door is on the right side or aft, so the pilot would have to walk past or step on the passengers to exit the plane. Additional exits can include a pilot side door on a Cessna 200 or 100 series single or a on the Navajho chieftan. Many aircraft will also have an emergency exit window or third door.

It will be interesting to hear what the captain of this flight has to say about everything, including the reason for returning to Michigan. Hopefully, he'll be cognizant of the possible criminal implications if theres a fatality involved and will consider getting an attorney before speaking to any dunce cops or witnesses about what happened.
really

Maple Grove, MN

#3 Jul 23, 2010
This is a terrible accident. The pilot has been volunteering his time to fly to Mayo to help others.
tba

Maple Grove, MN

#4 Jul 23, 2010
Hope you find some peace in your life.
Richard_ wrote:
<quoted text>It is strange that the owner/captain of the flight was rescued first, with others missing. Typical seating in most light twins or singles puts the captain in the left seat, the typical exit door is on the right side or aft, so the pilot would have to walk past or step on the passengers to exit the plane. Additional exits can include a pilot side door on a Cessna 200 or 100 series single or a on the Navajho chieftan. Many aircraft will also have an emergency exit window or third door.
It will be interesting to hear what the captain of this flight has to say about everything, including the reason for returning to Michigan. Hopefully, he'll be cognizant of the possible criminal implications if theres a fatality involved and will consider getting an attorney before speaking to any dunce cops or witnesses about what happened.
Alt

Clear Lake, MN

#5 Jul 23, 2010
FAA Rule NO#1 You do not fly a single engine aircraft across Lake Michigan or any other of the great lakes.
Rocco

Warwick, RI

#6 Jul 24, 2010
Alt wrote:
FAA Rule NO#1 You do not fly a single engine aircraft across Lake Michigan or any other of the great lakes.

So who will air the FAA for allowing this flight plan then? I have my doubts about your "rule no.1".

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#7 Jul 24, 2010
Alt wrote:
FAA Rule NO#1 You do not fly a single engine aircraft across Lake Michigan or any other of the great lakes.
Would a person fly a single at night? What about flying one over a desert, a mountain, or over a densely poplulated city?

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#8 Jul 24, 2010
Rocco wrote:
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So who will air the FAA for allowing this flight plan then? I have my doubts about your "rule no.1".
"Allow"? To a certain degree, people have right to drive or fly, so what's with the "allow"? That sounds a lot like the "CHANGE we can believe in" plan of the Brock O'Bama administration and progressive socialists like Hilary and Nancy, where government goes from being the servant of the people to the people becoming subjects of the government.
free in mn

United States

#9 Jul 24, 2010
As far as experts can tell, a portion of that lake is bottomless. Unsettling thought.

Many years ago a friend took me sailing on his 25-footer on that lake in that 'bottomless' area. No life vest and I can't swim. We sailed almost out of sight of land. I had a ball. A day or so later it sawned on me and I freaked out. Ah, youth.
Area Man

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Jul 24, 2010
Richard_ wrote:
<quoted text>It is strange that the owner/captain of the flight was rescued first, with others missing. Typical seating in most light twins or singles puts the captain in the left seat, the typical exit door is on the right side or aft, so the pilot would have to walk past or step on the passengers to exit the plane. Additional exits can include a pilot side door on a Cessna 200 or 100 series single or a on the Navajho chieftan.
Blah blah blah. It was a Cessna 206. Pilot had his own door. Spend a moment to read for the answer in a story out there rather than going on and on about how various planes are configured. Sheesh. And what you're implying about the pilot is cowardly and out of line.
St_Paul_Mom

Plymouth, MN

#11 Jul 24, 2010
We should be thankful that there is people like the pilot & co-pilot.

as for the the Dr, husband,wife & co pilot if you have passed on .... R.I.P...... your families are in our thoughts & prayers
WTF

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jul 24, 2010
free in mn wrote:
As far as experts can tell, a portion of that lake is bottomless. Unsettling thought.
Many years ago a friend took me sailing on his 25-footer on that lake in that 'bottomless' area. No life vest and I can't swim. We sailed almost out of sight of land. I had a ball. A day or so later it sawned on me and I freaked out. Ah, youth.
Are these "experts" fifth graders? The bottom is at 925 feet at it's deepest. Ah, education.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#13 Jul 24, 2010
St_Paul_Mom wrote:
We should be thankful that there is people like the pilot & co-pilot.
I'd wait until the NTSB reports are finalized before passing judgement.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#14 Jul 24, 2010
WTF wrote:
<quoted text>
Are these "experts" fifth graders? The bottom is at 925 feet at it's deepest. Ah, education.
The last crash that occured in lake Michigan that I can recall happened in 2005, it was a single engine 4 place aircraft that crashed within five miles of shore with the pilot having contact with 911 on his cellphone after the ditching. Searchers found the plane, the victim's cell phone was right next to it and the man's body was never found. The pilot admitted during the cell phone call that he ran out of gas on his way back to Wisconsin from out east.
St_Paul_Mom

Chicago, IL

#15 Aug 17, 2010
Richard_ wrote:
<quoted text>I'd wait until the NTSB reports are finalized before passing judgement.
I meant that we should be thankful that there are poeple that are willing to fly critacally ill people to hospitals to far for them to drive.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#16 Aug 18, 2010
St_Paul_Mom wrote:
<quoted text>
I meant that we should be thankful that there are poeple that are willing to fly critacally ill people to hospitals to far for them to drive.
You can't drive car in Lake Michigan, the DNR and the federal government's EPA won't have that.

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