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Wind blows plane off tarmac

Posted January 8, 2009

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— High winds blew a single-engine plane off the tarmac at a local airport Wednesday night.

The plane was parked at the North Raleigh Airport, off N.C. Highway 56 in Louisburg, when gusty winds picked it up and tossed it into some nearby woods. Airport employees said they heard the winds pick up around 8 p.m. and shortly after found the plane in the woods.

The plane, a Cessna 182, was a total loss, officials said.

The owner, whose name hasn't been released, is a private individual who lives in Wisconsin, employees said.

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  • Proud Airman Jan 8, 2009

    That does look like the skysports airport. I have had ropes provided by the FBO, in one of their parking spots, break in high winds. Proper rope selection and proper tie-down knots can prevent such a tragedy.

  • Rolling Along Jan 8, 2009

    Article says Cessna 182...obviously NOT tied down...for whatever reason.

  • New York Yankee Jan 8, 2009

    Looks as if it was one of the old jump planes from CSS. As a pilot and skydiver myself, this breaks my heart. :-(

  • NeedToTellTheTruth Jan 8, 2009

    It would appear that we have a point there....and we have a WINNER!!

  • blytle Jan 8, 2009

    Miked6500: You must have cared or you would not have stopped to read the story!!!!!

  • miked6500 Jan 8, 2009

    Why is this news, no one cares.

  • theandylarkin Jan 8, 2009

    North Raleigh Airport on 56? Is that the old Carolina SkySports site? If so, they sure are putting some real effort into stretching Raleigh out.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jan 8, 2009

    BTW, here's a conspiracy theory: what if the owner wanted the plane to be a total loss? Was he or she having trouble making aircraft loan payments?

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jan 8, 2009

    Travised, from the photo the plane appears to be a Cessna 152 and with the gusts, it is very easy for the plane to flip over if it was not tied down. There are 3 tie-down points for the plane (one on each wing strut and the tail), plus there is a control yoke lock that you have to manually install so that the ailerons, rudder, and elevators do not move. You should also put a nose-wheel chock if available. The plane will "fly" if it is not tied down and the controls "turn into" the wind, but it won't be in a controlled fashion :-)

    Sad to see such a loss of a perfectly flying aircraft.

  • Travised Jan 8, 2009

    Either it was an ultralight or they forgot to tie it down. Rare to see them tossed around unless it's twister or hurricane strength. Pilots are usually good about tying down their birds when they are out in the elements to prevent them from rolling away. If it's their home field they have a hanger at the majority of fields.

    We have a total of 4 anchors that twist into the ground a good 2 feet. Makes it impossible for the sea plane to float away. Use 3 (wings, tail), tie a 4th point (rope) to a tree or post as a worst case situation. The 4th metal anchor is a backup.

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