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Archive for Tuesday, November 19, 2013

40 years ago: Pilot, passengers escape safely after plane lands in Lake Perry

November 19, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 19, 1973:

  • Federal agencies were investigating an incident that had sent a small aircraft into Lake Perry, leaving its pilot and five passengers "chilled and soggy but otherwise unscathed," according to an article today. Rick Noe, Topeka, who had been piloting the single-engine plane for Allen Air Taxi from Kansas City to Topeka, said he had been making preparations for an anticipated landing at Topeka Municipal Airport when the engine "went bang" at 2,000 feet. "From then on, it was just down, down, down," Noe related. He had decided to land the plane in the lake, he said, because the shoreline was wooded and rough. The passengers had been able to climb out of the aircraft without much difficulty but then had to swim about 40 feet to the shore through chilly water. The plane was to be fished out of the lake today as part of the ongoing probe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. The retrieval operation was to involve taking two barges from the lake marina, sending a diver down to wrap a sling around the plane, and bringing it to the surface using winches.
  • Construction of the building for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America was nearing completion. The building, which had been started in March, was located at 1617 St. Andrews, near the eastern edge of the Alvamar course. The 4,400-square-foot building was to house a staff of 15 to 20 after the GCSAA move from Chicago was complete.

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