Saturday, February 16, 2008

FAA: 2 dead in plane crash in Stanwood WA area

STANWOOD, Wash. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration reports two people are dead in a plane crash in the Stanwood area in Snohomish County.

FAA spokesman Mike Fergus says he believes the plane was an experimental kit model that crashed Saturday afternoon. He says the FAA was notified of the crash at 12:50 p.m.

A call to the Snohomish County sheriff's office was not immediately returned.

Columbia 400 Crashes Burns at PDX

A small plane, similar to that pictured, crashed and burned Saturday at Portland International Airport, killing at least one person, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

An FAA spokesman, Mike Fergus, said that the plane, a single-engine Lancair (corrected to a Columbia 400), burned and scattered wreckage on the runway after crashing just short of it while trying to land.

Fergus said he did not know how many people were on board.
He said the plane was built in 2005 and certified as air-worthy.
Port of Portland spokesman Steve Johnson said the crash closed the airport for about 20 minutes until 9:30 a.m. He said three arrivals and five departures were affected.

Visibility at the airport at the time of the crash was a quarter-mile or less, said Dan Keirns, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. It was not immediately known if visibility was a factor.

The crash was near the west end of the south runway.

Adventurer Steve Fossett declared dead five months after disappearing in plane

An Illinois judge has ruled that adventurer, Steve Fossett, is legally dead so the process of executing Fossett's will could now begin.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Funerals scheduled for three killed in plane crash

The Statesman Journal is reporting -

Funeral services have been set for the three East Valley men who were killed when their small plane crashed Friday in a field in Linn County.
The crash was reported about 10:20 a.m. Friday in a harvested cornfield south of Jefferson, Sheriff Tim Mueller said.

The three men were flying in a Lancair ES, which departed from Salem at 10:05 a.m. en route to Klamath Falls via Eugene when the plane lost radar contact southeast of Salem, FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said.
Officials were investigating the cause of the crash.

Pilot Louis "Jay" Lamb, 49, of Sublimity and passengers Steven Teeney, 36, of Silverton and Riley Bunn, 32, of Stayton, died upon impact, Mueller said.

Lamb was a former Stayton softball coach who led a team to the state title in 2002.

According to Teeney's obituary, Teeney partnered with Owen Von Flue at Noble Built Homes and previously owned Steven Teeney Electric.

Teeney's survivors include his wife, Jill, and four children, as well as another child due in July.

Pam Grambusch, Teeney's sister, said the men were headed to Klamath Falls to pick up a fourth man for a trip to a sportsmen's show in Salt Lake City.

"My brother was an extremist," Grambusch said. "Whatever he did, he wanted to be out of the ordinary."


Louis "Jay" Lamb: Services are set for 2 p.m. today at the gymnasium of Stayton High School, 757 W Locust St.

Steven Joseph Teeney: A memorial is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Silverton High School Schlador Street gym, 800 Schlador St. in Silverton.

Riley Greg Bunn: Services are set for 11 a.m. Friday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Glenns Ferry, Idaho.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Authorities identify three Marion County men as killed in Albany-area plane crash

The Statesman Journal has identified the three men killed in yesterday's crash of a Lancair ES that crashed after departing Salem Airport.

Those killed have been identified as Pilot Louis Jay Lamb, 49, of Sublimity and passengers Steven Teeney, 36, of Silverton and Riley Bunn, 32, of Stayton. In these small towns, the loss of these men has a great impact and generated sadness for these small communities.

We wish the pilot and the passenger's families our heartfelt best wishes during this difficult time.

Woman Almost Struck By Turdsicle From Passing Plane

A Calgary woman was nearly hit by a turdsicle on Thursday morning at 09:30 local time.

Marian Licknes was sitting on her bed, talking on the telephone when the turdsicle crashed through her roof and landed on her bed. Melon-sized pieces of blue ice missed her by inches. Poor Marian thought she had been hit by flying glass in her neck and head, but obviously it was probably shards of the ice.

The Transportation and Safety Board is reviewing airport radar data to learn which aircraft let the turdsicle fly free. Since planes fly just minutes apart on the busy flight path, it may not be possible to pinpoint the aircraft which disgorged the turdsicle onto poor Marian's home.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Plane crash near Albany kills three

Three men were killed this morning when a small plane crashed into a field about 500 yards off Steckley Drive northeast of Albany, said Mike Fergus of the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

News Flash - Oregon Nutcase Predicts An Earthquake Is Coming

There will be a small earthquake in this area in the next week or two. It will be a minor quake and shouldn't cause serious damage.

No, I'm not a nut. The last quake that occured in this area was in September 2007. I sent an e-mail to the USGS advising them that a mild earthquake would occur within 2 weeks. They sent back a canned response with links proving that people could not predict earthquakes. I was wrong by 3 days. The earthquake hit 11 days later, and not 14. I sent them a copy of my original e-mail and their response. Never heard from them.

So, I am enlisting all of you to be my witnesses. If wrong, call me a nut...a fraud...a charlatan. But, if I am correct, maybe we can all contact USGS and tell them to take us* seriously.

*I know other people who also are able to predict earthquakes