Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Do we call this a crash parking job?

  • Print

VERNON, B.C. -- A pilot whose flying car would be right at home in a James Bond movie says his life flashed before his eyes Friday when the contraption went out of control as it was landing at the airport in Vernon, B.C.

"It seemed there was an anomaly on our approach to landing," Ray Siebring said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press from the crash site.

"It was just a sharp left turn that turned into a spiral, so the spiral took at least three rotations."

As the Maverick -- which looks like a dune buggy with a large propeller on its rear -- started losing altitude, Siebring realized there was a semi-populated area that included a school directly in his path.

The situation called for quick thinking.

"I experienced one of those... moments where time slows down," he said. "The training kicked in so that we were able to operate the aircraft and move it to a safe area.

"We were able to stop the rotation, but our altitude was critically low. I gave full power to dampen the forced landing and directed the aircraft... away from the school and into some woods."

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk said the road-worthy flying car, the creation of a Florida company, crashed near the school with the pilot and one of his relatives aboard.

"It made a circle like it was going to approach, (then) obviously something happened," said Molendyk. "They heard it from the airport power up and then it crashed into the trees, through the fence on the edge of the school (grounds)."

Both occupants were taken to hospital but were expected to recover from their injuries.

No one was hurt on the ground, although children from the school were preparing take to the nearby grounds for a track and field day.

Dale Olsen, a teacher at the nearby Fulton Secondary School, and said it was the talk of the morning.

"A lot of the kids saw it around school this morning," he said. "They said it looked like it stalled, the parachute started crumpling up and they couldn't get it going again."

Siebring defended the safety record of the Maverick.

"This is an aircraft that has been demonstrated and is airworthy so we passed all our aircraft certifications," he said.

The car uses a parasail for take-off and flight and needs a 100-metre runway.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 11, 2013 A24

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Your top TV picks for this weekend - August 22-24

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A young gosling flaps his wings after taking a bath in the duck pond at St Vital Park Tuesday morning- - Day 21– June 12, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press.  Local/Standup- Morning Fog. Horse prances in field by McPhillips Road, north of Winnipeg. 060605.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Did you suffer any damages from Thursday's storm?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google