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Caravan Accident
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Author:  MACWHO [ Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:26 am ]
Post subject:  Caravan Accident

The pilot of a Cessna 208 Caravan escaped injury yesterday when he made a forced landing in a field outside Rome, NY, following an engine failure. The aircraft, operating as Wiggins Airways flight WIG 8409 on behalf of FedEx, was on a scheduled air cargo flight between Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Plattsburgh International Airport (New York) when it lost power. According to preliminary data posted on the Web site of the FAA, the pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, was uninjured; the airplane was not damaged.

A news report about the incident on quoted an Oneida County official who said the aircraft lost power at about 7:45 a.m. December 3, 2009, at an altitude of about 7,500 feet. The aircraft was about 15 miles away from the airport at the former Griffiss Air Force Base. The pilot radioed a MAYDAY to air traffic control and attempted to divert to Griffiss (KRME), but the aircraft "rapidly lost altitude and air speed."

The pilot was identified by the company and the news media as Captain Peter May, who has more than 8,000 flight hours in this aircraft type. He has flown for Wiggins Airways since 1994.


Upon dropping out of the clouds at about 1,000 feet, May decided to either crash land in Lake Delta just north of Rome or a less populated area west of the lake. May chose to land in the hayfield of the Von Matt farm.

"He had the good wisdom to drop the flaps,which gave him lift," said Vernon May, commissioner of aviation in Oneida County. "He did everything right."
The Utica Observer-Dispatch quoted Wiggins Senior Vice President Andy Day, who said, “We’re very lucky to have Peter. When things like this happen, you hope to have people like Captain May at the controls. He did a very good job and did exactly what we train to do in the circumstance.”

Author:  capt. Slow [ Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Caravan Accident

No damage would mean it really was an incident, correct?

Author:  feeder guy [ Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Caravan Accident

Apparently it was a CT blade, and Fedex decided to have a bunch of their other Caravans boroscoped asap just to be safe.

Author:  Feeder Pilot [ Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Caravan Accident

feeder guy wrote:
Apparently it was a CT blade, and Fedex decided to have a bunch of their other Caravans boroscoped asap just to be safe.

And it seems that quite a number of them have failed the check and are currently grounded! Luckily not the one I'm flying at the moment. :)

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