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Single-engine plane crashes in Cumberland County

Posted August 15, 2010
Updated August 16, 2010

— The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a single-engine plane crashed Sunday in Cumberland County.

Authorities said pilot Clarence Symond and passenger Joseph Nunnery were aboard the aircraft when it crashed around 10 a.m. after taking off from Eastover Air Ranch in Fayetteville.

Symond and Nunnery were transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment. Symond was listed in good condition Sunday evening and Nunnery was in serious condition.

More details, including the cause of the crash, haven't been released.


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  • paginasecunda Aug 16, 2010

    For some reason, my last comment got eaten by cyberspace.

    I hope that these two are okay, it sounds from the article like they will be.

    DeathRow - A lot of experienced pilots will tell you that two engines have little or no safety advantage over one. You lose an engine on a twin, and you have a bunch of additional stuff to worry about, and still have to find a landing spot. As a pilot, I just try to not fly anywhere where I can't glide to a landing, and that adequately solves the engine-out issue. The article didn't even say anything about the engine quitting, so I don't know why that's relevant, but you brought it up.

  • paginasecunda Aug 16, 2010

    ""Single-engine plane crashes in Cumberland County "

    So that's why you need two engines"

    Yeah, in the case of airplanes, more engines is not always better. Two engines is twice as much stuff to break, and when you lose an engine on a twin, you are typically little better off than losing the engine on a single. Most twins can't stay up on one engine (airliners can easily, but those are a completely different beast), and you can have control issues. That's why I have little interest in flying anything with more than one engine. The better idea is just make sure you don't fly anywhere where you can't glide to a landing.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 16, 2010

    "Single-engine plane crashes in Cumberland County "

    So that's why you need two engines.