I just seen this picture of the plane, I talked to the owner last year at the airport, he had a Rotax 912 100 hp, this was the first flight in the plane. According to the news, which had two different stories, he lost power seven seconds after takeoff. They didn't give the pilots name yet, but I know who the owner is. He was air lifted to Green Bay in critical condition.   

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Comment by Jonathan Porter on May 27, 2011 at 8:03am
Condolences to the family.
Comment by Andre Levesque on May 27, 2011 at 7:39am

Oh man...that's such a tragedy! Very sad turn of events. 


Comment by Tracy Buttles on May 27, 2011 at 6:25am

unfortunatly  i heard that he died from the injuries , it was reported on the local tv station yesturday!!


Comment by Kevin Bowman on April 30, 2011 at 6:58pm

The FAA was there yesterday and the NTSB will be there early this week. A friend of mine and some other guys picked the plane up and hauled it to Mikes hanger today. Another friend that works near by said he seen what happened before the crash, He said the plane had a nose high attitude before the engine quit and then stalled. Another witness said the engine quit on takeoff, we'll have to wait for the NTSB's findings but my guess would be fuel starvation, I don't know if the Rotax has a fuel pump or if it's gravity feed to the carb. If your engine does not use a pump, you should check the fuel flow to the carb in a nose high attitude before leaving the ground. 

Comment by nelson D on April 30, 2011 at 2:43pm
did he skip the: before take off run up ??? procedure ???
Comment by Paul Sanders on April 30, 2011 at 2:04pm
Seems like a lot of 7xx accidents this month (at least three), it has my wife nervous. Hopefully everyone can get their planes back in shape.
Comment by Mack P. Kreizenbeck on April 30, 2011 at 1:45pm

My best goes out to the pilot and his family!

I hope he has a speedy recovery, so that the aircraft can have a speedy recovery.


Comment by Tracy Buttles on April 30, 2011 at 7:23am

i meant to type  ,,,   this shouldnt happen,,

totally agree with Jonathan

Comment by Jonathan Porter on April 30, 2011 at 1:13am

A sad but relevant reminder of the responsiblity we have as aircraft builders and as test pilots.   Accidents do happen... Our job is to make them happen least often as possible,  and this picture reminds us all that it could happen to us.  Check twice and check again and make sure you know how to handle each aircraft type prior to a test flight.  Engine failure should not be a cause of a major incident in this class of aircraft.


Speedy recovery.

Comment by Tracy Buttles on April 29, 2011 at 10:16pm

anyone in Northeast Wisconsin  just finishing up their 701 and need someone to take a second look at their work ,setup   or need some flying tips, advise  call me 920-298-2509   , ill come out and see ya,

this  should  happen !!!!

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