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Plane flies into Ferris wheel in Australia

October 1, 2011     10:35 a.m.

An ultra-light plane crashed into a Ferris wheel at a rural festival in eastern Australia on Saturday, trapping two children on the ride and two adults in the aircraft for hours. There were no serious injuries.

The Cheetah S200 carrying two men did not topple the Ferris wheel when it hit the frame near the top on the first morning of an annual three-day festival at Old Bar, a coastal village 220 miles (350 kilometers) north of Sydney, New South Wales Rural Fire Service spokesman Ben Shepherd said.

Two children – a 9-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl – were trapped in a carriage at the top of the wheel near the wrecked plane for 90 minutes, police said.

The 52-year-old pilot and his 32-year-old passenger were trapped inside the mangled aircraft more than 30 feet (10 meters) above ground for almost three hours, police said.

Shepherd said rescuers used a crane to free the four.

“Thankfully, everyone was taken down and were able to walk away from it,” Shepherd said.

The pilot, Paul Cox, said he did not see the Ferris wheel before his plane hit it.

“The next thing I knew, I was stopped inside the Ferris wheel,” he said. “I had no idea for a few minutes and I was just hoping no one got hurt.”

Witnesses said the Ferris wheel was full of children minutes before the crash. But because of impending rain, only five had dared to take the final ride, said a festival organizer, who gave his name only as Terry.

“The kids were fantastic,” said Brett Campbell, a paramedic at the scene. “They were so calm and so well-behaved and very brave. And so were the two gentlemen in the plane. They were just the best patients we could ever hope for, and the best thing about it, no one really had any injuries.”

Fizal Meah, a witness, said one of the children in a carriage below the area of impact was struck by debris and was left distraught but uninjured.

“Because the rain was stopping and starting, stopping and starting, it was almost empty,” Meah said.

Local resident Gary Jones said his 9-year-old twin sons were among the last to ride the Ferris wheel before the crash.

“It was a hell of a shock,” Jones said.

Police and air safety investigators were at the scene Saturday.

The plane had just taken off from a nearby airstrip when it crashed, Meah said.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fgw-ferriswheel-20111002,0,4492245.story


using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9



A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9



Paul Cox

7133 366       29


his path of destiny = 29 = Competency.  Need to hone skills and talents.




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September 17th, 2011

The pilot of a World War II-era plane has died after it crashed and burst into flames at a West Virginia air show, the second deadly air show crash in 24 hours.

No spectators were reported injured in the crash Saturday. It came a day after a stunt pilot crashed at a Nevada air show Friday, killing nine.

West Virginia air show officials posted a notice on their website encouraging those who witnessed the crash to seek support if they felt viewing it was traumatic.

The West Virginia Air National Guard said the pilot was a civilian, although they hadn’t released his name Saturday evening.

The fixed-wing, single-engine plane is registered to John Mangan of Concord, N.C.

A message left at Mangan’s North Carolina home was not immediately returned Saturday.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/wwii-era-plane-crashes-wva-air-show-14543722


Jack is a graduate of theUSAFAcademy, and spent 13 years active duty as an Air Force fighter pilot flying over 2500 hours in the F-15 and F-4 aircraft.  His aviation awards include three Meritorious Service Medals and Tactical Air Command’s Instructor Pilot of the Year.  He currently has over 4000 hours and holds an Airline Transport Pilot and sailplane rating.

from:  http://www.trojanhorsemen.com/Site%20pages/flash.html


using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9



  6       1  1         8

John Mangan

1 85  4 57 5        33


his soul number = 8 = Well disciplined.  Grounded.  Practical.  Pragmatic.  Status.  Recognition.  Prestige.  Prominence.


his outer personality = 33 = Brave.  Courageous.  Loyal.




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Pilot Jimmy Leeward

Sep 16, 2011    8:53 PM ET

A Second World War fighter plane plunged into the grandstands Friday during a popular annual air show, injuring at least 75 spectators and leaving a horrific scene of bodies and wreckage.

It wasn’t immediately known if anyone died in the crash but a spokesman for the event called it a “mass casualty event.” Video showed a chaotic scene with several people apparently badly wounded.

Stephanie Kruse, a spokeswoman for the Regional Emergency Medical Service Authority, said 25 people were critically injured and another 25 people were seriously injured in the crash. More than 25 more people were treated for minor injuries, she said.

Kruse said the critically injured were considered to have life-threatening injuries.

Airport personnel and military evacuated other spectators, and several emergency vehicles were headed to the scene.

The P-51 Mustang crashed into a box seat area at the front of the grandstand at about 4:30 p.m., said race spokesman Mike Draper said.

Draper identified the pilot of the P-51 Mustang as Jimmy Leeward. According to his Facebook page, Leeward has raced airplanes since the 1970s. A post on the page Friday afternoon said “Jimmy is starting up right now” and posted a link to live video of the airshow.

Jeff Martinez, a KRNV weatherman, was just outside the air race grounds at the time of the crash. He said he saw the plane veer to the right and then “it just augered straight into the ground.”

“You saw pieces and parts going everywhere,” he said. “Everyone is in disbelief.”

The National Championship Air Races draws thousands of people every year in September to watch various military and civilian planes race.

The races have attracted scrutiny in the past over safety concerns, including four pilots killed in 2007 and 2008. It was such a concern that local school officials once considered whether they should not allow student field trips at the event.

The competition is like a car race in the sky, with planes flying wingtip-to-wingtip as low as 50 feet off the sagebrush at speeds sometimes surpassing 500 mph. Pilots follow an oval path around pylons, with distances and speeds depending on the class of aircraft.

from:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/09/16/reno-air-show-crash.html


At least 5 people were killed after a plane crashed into the VIP stands at an air show in Reno late Friday afternoon.

The plane crashed near the bleachers at the National Championship Air Races, said Michelle Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Reno Fire Department. The pilot was reported dead, as were four others.

Mike Houghton, president and chief executive of the Reno Air Racing Assn., said at a news conference that 40 to 50 people were injured in the crash.  He identified the pilot as Jimmy Leeward, a real estate developer from Ocala, Fla., who has been racing in Reno since 1975.

FULL COVERAGE: Deadly crash at Reno air show

The full scope of the disaster was unclear. Officials described a scene of chaos as they tried to assess the damage.

“We have five bodies out there, but they transported a whole load to hospitals,” Lt. Mac Venzon of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department told The Times. “We’re just trying to establish a scene and get everybody cleared out of here, and then we’ll know more,” he said.

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/09/reno-air-crash-death-reports.html


using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9



Jimmy Leeward

19447 3555194       57


his path of destiny = 57 = Condolences.  Heartbreaking.  Tearjerker.


James Kent Leeward was born on October 21st, 1936 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Leeward

October 21st, 1936

October 21st

10 + 21 +2+0+1+0 = 34 = his personal year (from October 21st, 2010 to October 20th, 2011) = Airplane.  Pilot.  Air races.  Plane crash.  Explosion.  Blast.




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