A co-worker told me there was a plane crash in town today, and once I learned it was a private plane I thought – Oh, is it air show time again? And, yes, it was – the plane was outbound from Oshkosh.
Some of these pilots seem to take the word “experimental” too much to heart, and “aircraft” too little. Every year there’s 3-6 (a WAG) crashes of planes going to or coming from the show in my state alone. As the smaller. shorter ranged planes field hop their way back and forth, I have no doubt that more crashes further away aren’t making it into my local media.
Try a Google News search ‘plane crash oshkosh’ – this seems a pretty light year – only about ten dead if the search picked up all the crashes, which I’m sure it didn’t.
I’m not really sure what to make of all this, except to be glad not to be in the glide paths of small airfields. As an aircraft buff, I really loved going to the show and wouldn’t want to see it shut down. As someone living on the ground underneath these things, I wonder about the quality of their constrtuction and piloting skills.