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Plane flips on landing at Georgetown Airport

Courtesy Garden Valley Fire Department

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From page A3 | January 16, 2013 | 3 Comments

A plane crash at the Georgetown Airport on Jan. 8 flipped a plane but left the pilot, the sole occupant, relatively uninjured.

Mark Hornsby, 53, of Jackson, La., was flying out to visit a friend, Lt. Tim Becker of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said, when he discovered as he was landing that the runway was shorter than he thought.

“One wheel went off the runway,” Becker said, and the plane, a fixed-wing single-engine Van’s Aircraft RV-4, flipped over into the mud beside the runway. He sustained “minor injuries, some cuts to his face,” Becker said.

Hornsby was able to get out of the aircraft by himself and declined any medical attention.

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Discussion | 3 comments

  • Izzy DavisJanuary 16, 2013 - 11:15 am

    Is Riordan giving landing lessons again?

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  • Jim RiordanJanuary 17, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Sorry to burst your bubble Dizzy, but I have never crashed because of pilot error and I have taught plenty of people to land at georgetown . . On one wheel on purpose . . . and stop in plenty of time. The runway is plenty long for even a beginner pilot. . . so what are you capable of flying Bud?

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  • Wrong Way CorriganJanuary 26, 2013 - 8:59 am

    This is something that will happen sooner or later in a tail wheel aircraft. Seemed to be a little sooner for this guy, but at least he did not get hurt, and that is the most important factor behind this lack of control upon landing incident. Let's hope that Mr. Hornsby get's "back on the horse" and becomes more proficient for the crosswinds ahead...

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