February 10th, 2012|
February 10, 2012
A northern California flight instructor is in serious condition after turbulence during landing caused the plane he was riding in to crash. According to reports from the Times-Standard, the accident happened as the plane approached a Dinsmore, California, airfield Friday morning.
The plane’s owner, who was being given a lesson by the instructor, said that the aircraft took off from an airfield in Garberville and began experiencing gusty winds. The men decided to take the Cessna Model 172 E down and the plane’s owner asked the instructor to take over the controls for landing.
Everything seemed to be going well as the plane approached the landing strip, but a burst of wind just before touch down caused the plane to stray off course. The instructor attempted to correct the aircraft by punching the throttle, but the maneuver only caused the plane to go vertical and stall out before crashing to the ground.
Caltrans workers pulled the men free of the wreckage just before the plane went up in flames.
Although the plane’s owner only suffered minor injuries, the instructor was severely injured in the crash. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.
The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.