PanAm Crash (FL)

EatSleepFly

Well-Known Member
Monday, Jan. 19, 2004


Two die in St. Lucie County plane crash



FORT PIERCE, Fla. - A small plane crashed today in northern St. Lucie County, killing two of the three people on the single-engine aircraft, officials said.

The third person survived with only minor injuries, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said. Identities of those aboard the plane were not released.

The crash occurred at about 1 a.m. today just west of St. Lucie International Airport. The crash knocked out Florida Power & Light Co. power lines, causing power outages in the area.

The plane is owned by Pan Am Flight School, which has offices at the airport.

Sheriff's spokesman Mark Weinberg said the National Transportation Safety Board was notified of the crash and would investigate. No further information was immediately available.

- Associated Press

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Not a good week for flying in FL. Condolences to the friends/families of those involved...
 

hierhier

New Member
Not good....
. Hasn't been the third Panam plane to go down recently? If I remember correctly- a twin in PA, one at the the AZ campus and now this one?
 

Flybub

Well-Known Member
That's too bad. My condolences go out to all. It can be a busy area with FSA close by there.
 

aviator

New Member
It's not busy at 1am. FSI closes at midnight, hardly anybody would be up shooting approaches at that time on a Sunday night. Anyone know any other details?
 

av8rmsu

Well-Known Member
Don't know the details...

I hate to speculate, but the RVR this morning was next to nothing. I just flew into Vero Beach about 30 minutes ago and it was fogging up pretty good already.

Aviator is right, nobody is around at 1 am.
 

ready2fly

Well-Known Member
And that makes three.

This week, in Florida (including the PanAm crash), there was a mid-air that killed one man in a C150. The Twin Commanche he hit landed safely with minor damage.

And a small aircraft crashed near VNC.

Be careful out there people!

R2F
 

BuckTurgidson

New Member
What a shame. It is a miracle that 1 survived.


Here is a link to another article.

http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/news/article/0,1651,TCP_997_2589378,00.html

Obviously don't know what happened or why. But, the weather certainly didn't help matters.

KFPR 190553Z 24007KT 5SM BR OVC001 17/17 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP106 T01720172 10178 20167 53002

KVRB 190553Z 25007KT 4SM BR OVC001 17/17 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP102 60000 T01670167 10178 20167 50002

KPBI 190553Z 25006KT 1 1/2SM BR OVC003 19/19 A2986 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 3 SLP110 60000 T01940194 10194 20189 51004

KMLB 190553Z AUTO 23007KT 4SM BR OVC003 17/17 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP102 60000 T01720172 10178 20167 51007 TSNO
 

ERJ-135

New Member
Lets all keep an open mind and wait until the facts are in. How many CFI's are out flying at 0100 hours of the night? Not any that I know of.
 

SUSPilot

Well-Known Member
I remember from back when I was thinking of going to a Academy to finish my ratings, that Pan Am does most of their instrument training at night. The reason for this is you can fit more students into less planes by having students who do not need daylight for their training ie instrument students can fly when primary and commercial students cannot because of darkness.
 

EatSleepFly

Well-Known Member
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Lets all keep an open mind and wait until the facts are in. How many CFI's are out flying at 0100 hours of the night? Not any that I know of.

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Thats funny, I'm a CFI and I've flown around lots at 0100. Both as a CFI and in training as a student.
 

SUSPilot

Well-Known Member
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Lets all keep an open mind and wait until the facts are in. How many CFI's are out flying at 0100 hours of the night? Not any that I know of.

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Thats funny, I'm a CFI and I've flown around lots at 0100. Both as a CFI and in training as a student.

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I'm not yet a CFI but have flown many times after 0100. It's kind of strange flying into my home airport which is a fairly busy Class D, and have no one else around and the tower closed.
 

aviator

New Member
I don't like to speculate either but the fog was extremely heavy that morning (at least at 5am). I could barely find my car in the driveway....
 
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