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Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Engine failure causes crash landing near Lawrence airport

September 20, 2007, 9:40 a.m. Updated September 20, 2007, 12:44 p.m.

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Jim Roesner, of Salina, explains what happened with the hard landing of his single-engine Beechcraft. Enlarge video

Jim Roesner, left of Salina talks to Lloyd Hetrick from the Lawrence Airport while Kansas Highway Patrol trooper J.A Kellerman listens in at the scene of a Thursday morning airplane crash. Roesner, of Salina was piloting the single-engine Beechcraft  just west of Lawrence around 8:30 a.m. when a mechanical malfunction forced him to make a hard landing in a corn field next to U.S. Highway 24-40. Roesner, the plane's only passenger, was uninjured

Jim Roesner, left of Salina talks to Lloyd Hetrick from the Lawrence Airport while Kansas Highway Patrol trooper J.A Kellerman listens in at the scene of a Thursday morning airplane crash. Roesner, of Salina was piloting the single-engine Beechcraft just west of Lawrence around 8:30 a.m. when a mechanical malfunction forced him to make a hard landing in a corn field next to U.S. Highway 24-40. Roesner, the plane's only passenger, was uninjured

An engine failure caused a Salina man to make a crash landing this morning in a Jefferson County cornfield about four miles northwest of the Lawrence Municipal Airport.

James Roesner, 52, was the only person aboard the Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane that made the landing at 8:30 a.m. along U.S. Highway 24-59. Roesner said he was flying from Abilene to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo., to conduct business.

"I had an engine failure, and unfortunately due to my altitude I could not quite make the field of Lawrence," Roesner said.

He said he was in contact with Kansas City air traffic controllers, who helped him once his engine failed. He also wanted to avoid landing on the highway.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said an investigation normally takes up to two weeks.

Because the small airplane sustained damage to the nose gear, the FAA is considering it a noninjury accident instead of an incident which deals with mechanical failure but no crash damage, Molinaro said.

Comments

nekansan 7 years, 3 months ago

Looks like he made a textbook off field emergency landing. Minimal damage to the aircraft and no injuries.

pimp11 7 years, 3 months ago

wonder if he will get a ticket for wreckless driving. sure were a lot of cops out there with nothing else better to do

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 3 months ago

Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.

allateup 7 years, 3 months ago

pimp....that field had been harvested....so NOT a lot of crops "out there with nothing better to do"

countrygirl 7 years, 3 months ago

allateup--Huh? I think the referrence was to law enforcement--not the field. Glad the pilot is OK.

pimp11 7 years, 3 months ago

um yeah, what are you talking about...... guess your screen name does make sense!

bearded_gnome 7 years, 3 months ago

and, no corn was harmed in this incident! good.

oldgoof 7 years, 3 months ago

yea, too bad his nose gear gave out, but that can easily happen taking a bump on such a rough surface. Good job.
.. Those V-tailed Beechcraft are so pretty.

maxcrabb 7 years, 3 months ago

oldgood- that IS one sweet looking ride.

oldgoof 7 years, 3 months ago

Max: You are correct. The V-tailed models will be hard to ever replace.

Doug Fisher 7 years, 3 months ago

the V-tailed Bonanza's have a long history of problems, engine failure is just one of many issues. Nice to see this guy walked out without any injuries. I would've probably lost my lunch from the fear of the anticipated crash.

Sigmund 7 years, 3 months ago

The V-tailed Bonanza did have a checkered history but it is my understanding those have all been addressed by now. It is a great plane to fly. A co-worker just bought a used one and was thinking of keeping it in Lawrence instead of KC. He spent a bunch of money on a new avionics and navigation package. He loves it and I am jealous.

allateup 7 years, 3 months ago

pimp....my bad! I must have been looking at the picture and reading your comment...too funny!!

topflight 7 years, 3 months ago

Hey pimp11, you dipsh--- . You complain when there is not enough police around, then you complain when there are to many around. Maybe the call was put out as a plane crash with injuries. The pilot could have been dead. Shut your mouth, let them do their job. Try not being a criminal, then you don't have anything to worry about.

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