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  posted on 6/19/2009 at 04:50 PM
I've always been petrified of going up in a small plane. A friend of mine is a pilot and he's offered to take me up; I refused. Well, tragedy struck my own family this week. Steve was married to my stepmother's cousin Judy. He was her third husband but they had been married 21 years. Just yesterday Steve's Champion Citaborea single engine aircraft went down in the hills near Lake Elsinore in Southern California. Steve was 70 and he had a close family friend, Debbie, 58, on board with him. Both were killed. Steve was a very experienced pilot, in fact had written books on flying. No one has any idea what happened. Not a huge personal loss for me, a distant relative who I didn't even know, but I remember his wife Judy well from when I was a kid and it's shocking nonetheless. Fortunately Judy was not on the plane; she often flew with Steve.

I can't sit here and lecture anyone who flys small planes. It's a thrill some seek and just because I choose not to go up, it's not for me to criticize. But the thought of being airborne in a craft with only one engine has always scared the daylights of me. So many things can go wrong, even as simple as a busted fuel line or flying into some birds. Steve was a 22 year veteran of the Anaheim Police Department where he also served as a helicopter pilot and private investigator. Debbie and her husband Randy had provided foster care for over 50 children, often the victims of drug and alcohol impeded parental situations. The world just lost two fine folks. RIP Steve and Debbie.



[Edited on 6/19/2009 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 6/19/2009 at 04:58 PM
sorry to hear this rob. i personally am NOT gonna fly in any plane, unless i'm unconsious.

 

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  posted on 6/19/2009 at 05:17 PM
First small plane I was ever in caught fire on the ground before we ever got in the air and I coudln't get my seatbelt undone to get out. I ended up sitting there, panicked, until the fire was out. Took me years to ever go up in a small plane again and it was only once more. No more small planes for me.

I'm very sorry to hear about your family's loss.

 

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  posted on 6/19/2009 at 06:23 PM
used to take the puddle jumpers from Seattle to Portland when I worked for Honeywell
in Seattle and with Intel in Portland.

No fun in bad weather, but I enjoyed flying by Mt St Helen, the three sisters and
other natural attractions in the area.

any travel involoves risk. even walking. I got run over on foot by a car in a crosswalk in '03

sorry for your loss Rob.

 

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  posted on 6/19/2009 at 09:24 PM
Sorry to hear that.

In 1985 I spent some time working at the Indian Hospital in Phoenix. We used to fly Cessnas out to the reservations. One day I asked where the parachutes were. i was told we fly too low, they wouldn't help. That was enough for me.

 

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  posted on 6/20/2009 at 10:58 AM
Sorry to hear about that Rob. Distant relative or not it is still hard to lose someone in such a tragic way.

I've been in a few small planes. Fifteen or so seaters in Greece. They were scary. Also every year when we take the one/two plane(s) that leave NYC to go to Asheville NC for the Christmas Jam. They seat about 60-70 passengers.

[Edited on 6/20/2009 by Angelemerald]

 

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  posted on 6/20/2009 at 11:25 AM
so sorry,Rob--no small planes for me....
 

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  posted on 6/20/2009 at 11:31 AM
Different strokes for different folks….

The first time I ever flew was in a 4 person plane.

We were literally hanging out the windows.

It was a blast.



I don’t fly much these days (bad back), but I don’t really mind the small planes.

I suppose they are at higher risk, but all in all the risk is relatively low.

Now driving in Brooklyn, that is scary!

 

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  posted on 6/20/2009 at 11:40 AM
Sorry to hear about that!, I will never get in a small aircraft [plane , helicopter]
 

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  posted on 6/20/2009 at 12:46 PM
I agree about the driving in Brooklyn thing. I've been driving here all my life and these days it's like the wild wild west.
 

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  posted on 6/20/2009 at 05:44 PM
I used to ride in small planes as an elevator so I could jump outta them!

Everything has a risk involved, sorry for your loss. Sounds like he was living his life.

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 01:29 PM
All planes scare me. My rule is I only fly in them if I need to get somewhere. I have developed an addiction to Cat Island in the Bahamas which requires a 45 minute ride in a puddle jumper. Old overloaded planes are the norm. It beats the mail boat.
 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 01:39 PM
very sorry for your loss Rob...

only flew one once, when we did a gig in the Azore Islands of Portugal..big jets to get there, then this little puddle jumper..

not a big fan..

Jets ? no problem, i am usually on one at lease once a month..

 

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