Medical Transport Plane Crashes into Lake Michigan


July 23, 2010

Medical Transport Plane Crashes into Lake Michigan

A medical transport Cessna similar to the one show here crashed in lake Michigan

The flight, a Cessna 206 had left Alma early Friday morning en route to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. Parks said the crash was reported by the distress signal from the plane via satellite and by a witness.

The FAA said that the pilot of the plane reported a loss of power to the air traffic control at the Minneapolis Center.  By looking at the flight plan available on flightaware.com it seems that the problems occurred during the first third of the flight, and the pilot did turn around to return to its takeoff location, making a steep decline in altitude near Ludington.

The owner of the plane Carol Freed said her husband Jerry and friend and pilot Earl Davidson were onboard the plane. She said that they often fly people to the Mayo Clinic on a volunteer basis. Mrs. Freed said that everyone on board the plane was from the Alma area and that she could not provide any further information about the crash including search efforts.

The Coast Guard has confirmed that a boater rescued one of the passengers nearly 2 hours after the crash, and that the search is underway for the rest of the flight passengers and crew. No other details are available at this time.

This isn’t the first time a medical flight has made a crash landing in Lake Michigan.  A donor organ Survival Flight carrying donor lung for a double lung transplant crashed into the lake in June of 2007, all six people on board that flight were killed.

Publisher: Salient News


7 comments on “Medical Transport Plane Crashes into Lake Michigan”

Pending the discovery of a major engine malfunction as the cause of this crash you should be aware of the indicated design flaw of undetectable water in the fuel tanks of the Cessna 206. Both the NTSB and FAA have known about a lack of positive detection of contaminated fuel for over two decades.

The following links illustrate an indicated design flaw about a lack of positive detection of water in the fuel tanks of many Cessna aircraft. In 1983 the NTSB identified a lack of positive detection of water in the Cessna 206 rubber bladder fuel tanks. .

The indicated design flaw may be the possible cause of this crash. At this stage of the investigation undetectable water in the fuel tanks is as much of a possible cause as any other possible cause.

Do a test on any high-wing Cessna as it sits in its normal ground attitude. Pour sixteen ounces of red dyed water into the fuel tank. Go to the sump drain and see if you can positively detect and then drain out the entire sixteen ounces of red dyed water you just poured into the fuel tank.

http://sumpthis.com/ntsbrecommendationtofaaandfaaresponse/a836.htm

http://sumpthis.com/wsjarticle04302001/jerryguidera.htm

Robert Scovill, Jr.

http://sumpthis.com/

A non-commercial research only website the sole purpose of is to save lives.

Scott Skylane

Yes, 206’s are falling out of the sky in droves due to this very problem! Every day!!!

P.S. I will sue the pants off of you after I conduct this very test on my airplane, and then crash due to red-dyed water ingestion into my engine.

P.P.S. “The indicated design flaw may be the possible cause of this crash. At this stage of the investigation undetectable water in the fuel tanks is as much of a possible cause as any other possible cause.” Correct. And, at this stage of the investigation, my grandmother’s poodle pissing on her chiffon carpet is as much of a possible cause as any other possible cause.

APR 02 1996 206 NJ at cruise engine failure FUEL CONTAMINATION 1
serious.doc
APR 19 1980 206 TN normal cruise engine failure WATER in fuel 1 OK.doc
AUG 05 1994 206 AK landing in descent engine failure for UNDETERMINED
reasons 4 ok.doc
AUG 13 1967 206 AK takeoff engine failure for UNDETERMINED reason 4 ok.doc
AUG 28 1974 206 IN in flight descending engine failure UNDETERMINED reason 1
ok.doc
AUG 29 2966 206 NM takeoff engine failure UNDETERMINED reasons 1 ok.doc
DEC 08 1996 206 CA in descent engine quit for UNDETERMINED reason 3 ok.doc
DEC 17 1967 206 PR normal druise engine failure for UNDETERMINED reason 2
ok.doc
FEB 11 1972 206 KS normal cruise engine failure fuel contamination exclusive
of WATER found 2 ok.doc
FEB 11 1975 206 CA normal cruise engine failure UNDETERMINED reason 2 ok.doc
FEB 16 1979 206 NV descending engine failure UNDETERMINED reasons 5 ok.doc
FEB 26 1977 206 UT final approach engine failure ICE WATER IN FUEL 3
fatal.doc
JAN 10 1982 206 CA circling engine failure crashed UNDETERMINED reason 4
minor.doc
JAN 12 1970 206 TX climb to cruise engine failure for UNDETERMINED reason 2
ok.doc
JAN 12 1971 206 TX climb to cruise engine failure UNDETERMINED 2 ok.doc
JAN 15 1974 206 WI on takeoff engine failure UNDETERMINED reason 4 ok.doc
JAN 21 1972 206 IL initial climb engine failure UNDETERMINED reasons 1
ok.doc
JAN 29 1980 206 AK initial climb engine failure WATER IN FUEL 1 fatal 1
serious.doc
JLY 06 2002 206 WY landing engine failure for UNDETERMINED reason 1 ok.doc
JLY 09 1978 206 AL traffic pattern circling engine failure for UNDETERMINED
reason 1 ok.doc
JLY 11 1970 206 MN normal cruise engine failure for UNDETERMINED reason 4
ok.doc
JLY 14 1972 206 NV on takeoff engine failure UNDETERMINED reason 6 ok.doc
JLY 17 1971 206 AZ normal cruise engine failure for UNDETERMINED reason 2
killed.doc
JLY 27 1968 206 CO normal cruise engine failure for UNDETERMINED reason 4
injured.doc
JUN 04 1971 206 MO N8031Z on takeoff engine failure UNDETERMINED reason 1
ok.doc
JUN 06 1978 206 MI initial climb engine failure UNDETERMINED reason 1
dead.doc
JUN 08 1973 206 CO on takeoff engine failure UNDETERMINED reason 3 ok.doc
JUN 15 1967 206 NE normal cruise engine failure UNDETERMUNED reason 5 ok.doc
MAR 02 1970 206 CO final approach engine failure for UNDETERMINED reason 2
ok.doc
MAR 18 1973 206 AZ circling trf pattern engine failure WATER in fuel 1
ok.doc
MAR 19 1998 206 CA on takeoff engine lost power FUEL SYSTEM CONTAMINATION 1
ok.doc
MAY 05 1996 206 FL GULF OF MEXICO at cruise engine rough then quit crashed
UNDETERMINED reason 6 ok.doc
MAY 15 1970 206 CA PACIFIC STATES initial climb engine failure for
UNDETERMINED reason 2 ok.doc
MAY 30 1999 206 NJ descent eng lost pwer UNDETERMINED reason eng on
teststand 5 serious 2 minor.doc
OCT 16 1973 206 NV normal cruise engine failure UNDETERMINED reason 2 ok.doc
OCT 19 1966 206 IA takeoff engine failure WATER in fuel 1 ok.doc
OCT 21 2007 206 NM final approach engine failure NTSB CLAIMES eng loaded up
1 ok.doc
OCT 23 1999 206 LA in descent engine failure for UNDETERMINED reason 1
ok.doc
OCT 28 1986 206 MI engine failure during takeoff WATER found 1 minor.doc
SEP 08 1978 206 TN initial climb engine failure WATER in fuel 1 ok.doc
SEP 30 1988 206 AK after liftoff engine failure fuel system tank WATER 1
serious.doc

How many readers here would accept an UNDETERMINED engine failure from your automobile mechanic? Is UNDETERMINED engine failure from the NTSB 6,418 times the best our Government “investigators” can do? I thought is was always air, spark, compression and UNCONTAMINATED FUEL that makes an engine run. Does the Cessna 206 run our of air after take-off? Did you know that each cylinder on an aircraft has two spark plugs? Did you know that an aircraft engine has two magnetos (source of spark). Does an aircraft engine ever quit on the ground during start-up, taxi, engine run-up or take-off role? Does an aircraft engine know its in the air and just decides to quit? Or when the aircraft takes off and changes its attitude does undetectable water hiding in the fuel tan change its attitude and make its way to the engine fuel pick-up? It is actually very simple. Just pour red dyed water into the fuel tank as the aircraft sits in its normal ground attitude then go to the sump drain and see if you can positively detect and eliminate the same 16 ounces of red dyed water you just poured into the tank. Done, aircraft fails to meet the certification!!!

WRONG wrote on Jul 25, 2010 4:03 PM:

” Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

‘KNickodemus’ & ‘Warthogg64’, you both couldn’t be any more WRONG.

If you were to ask Gratiot Managing Editor, Linda Gittleman, what the ‘FOCUS’ of this article was/is intended to be, I’m quite certain she (and ANY other Editor) would say, “To inform.”

If you’re going to attack the comments of ‘Sumpthiscom’, then you both better be prepared to attack the kind words of the ‘AlmaTrainedPastor’ as well.

‘Sumpthiscom’ appears to be non-commercial company trying to save lives by preventing such accidents. And ‘AlmaTrainedPastor’ sounds like a kind person that helps families where a loved one’s death was not prevented.

What you both have failed to recognize (and miserably I might add) is that this News Article, along with its posted viewer comments such as ‘Sumpthiscom’, has great ability to inform those that are un-informed.

The reason WHY the comments of ‘Sumpthiscom’ are as appropriate HERE AND NOW as the comments of ‘AlmaTrainedPastor’ is because in two weeks, this Article is going to sadly be forgotten about. Had ‘Sumpthiscom’ waited a week or two week before posting the FAA & NTSB reports about the Cessna 206 -which is ALREADY overlooked public information- then it’s highly likely that it would REMAIN overlooked public information.

NOW, thanks to The Morning Sun News, and ‘Sumpthiscom’, this Article’s information can strike while the iron is hot to prevent similar accidents and deaths in the future; Rather than trying to muster up the same impact after it becomes yesterday’s T-shirt.

This Article’s information has very likely already reached THOUSANDS of other Doctors, Aviation Mechanics, Engineers, Pilots, and Families throughout the Nation that are either in need of, or are providing/donating such medically related special services. But now, in the future to come, these same people will be highly likely to investigate as to whether or not the airplane they’re traveling on is susceptible to similar dangers that may have contributed to THIS tragedy.

And if still, you just don’t want believe what I am saying, for whatever reason, then try to place yourselves in the shoes of the Hall family, the Pavliks family, the Freed family, and the Davidson family…

Do you really think they themselves would not want to prevent this from happening again?… and done as soon as it possibly could be done?…

I think not. “

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Scott Skylane still waiting for some more of your educated comments?

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