Flying Car Crashes near Canadian Airport

May 14 07:31 2013 Paul E Lee Print This Article

A flying automobile crashed near a school in Canada as it tried to land at a nearby airport. It happened after the pilot lost control of the aircraft that doubles as a road vehicle.

A pilot of a flying car lost control of an aircraft that doubles as a road vehicle while making an attempt to land at the airport in Vernon,Guest Posting B.C. Friday. It ended up crashing on a tree near a school.

Over a phone interview with reporters Ray Siebring gave them his account of the mid-air accident. He said, “It seemed there was an anomaly on our approach to landing.”

Siebring was flying in a Maverick, which looks like a dune buggy with a large propeller on its rear. It was created by a Florida based company. He told reporters that the aircraft lost altitude over a semi-populated area that included a school directly in its path.

“It was just a sharp left turn that turned into a spiral, so the spiral took at least three rotations.”

To avoid crashing into the school, the pilot used quick thinking.

“I experienced one of those moments where time slows down,” he said. “The training kicked in so that we were able to operate the aircraft and move it to a safe area. We were able to stop the rotation, but our altitude was critically low. I gave full power to dampen the forced landing and directed the aircraft away from the school and into some woods.”

Gord Molendyk told reporters that the aircraft which doubles as a road vehicle crashed near the school with the pilot and one of his relatives onboard.

Molendyk described the incident to reporters and said that the aircraft circled in the air like it was going to approach the runway but then made some maneuvers that made it seem like something went wrong. The aircraft crashed into the trees through a fence on the edge of the school grounds.

Medical respondents rushed to the crash site and took the occupants to the hospital where they are expected to recover from their injuries.

Although the crash happened on the ground near children, no one else was injured. At the time, students were partaking on track and field day activities.

A teacher at the nearby Fulton Secondary School told reporters that the incident was the talk of the morning.

“A lot of the kids saw it around school this morning,” he said. “They said it looked like it stalled, the parachute started crumpling up and they couldn’t get it going again.”

In general the Maverick is an outstanding aircraft with a great track record that has helped it pass various safety certifications, the owner told reporters.  And this won’t be the last time he flies the aircraft. He hopes that one day he will be able to use it to drop off medical supplies to Third World regions around the world.


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Paul E Lee
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Paul E. Lee is a car accident lawyer who is interested in the safety of the community.

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