I once blew a main tire at Long Beach, CA in a similar situation. Winds weren’t quite that strong, though. A gust raised the mains off and the brakes locked up, when the plane settled back down, POP!
 November 13, 2013 at 12:24am
Fist of all, it’s very sad that this man lost his life. That dispatcher shouldn’t have been using her phone while training another dispatcher.
HOWEVER, having been an EMT in a busy EMS system for the last 7 years, I’ve seen many heart attacks, and the majority are fatal. In my system, our response time is 10 minutes. Sometimes we take longer, due to things like bad weather or traffic delays. That’s when we’re stuck at a red light with cars in front of us. (And NO, DON’T RUN THE RED LIGHT TO LET AN AMBULANCE THROUGH!) Without oxygen, the brain will start to die in four minutes. Which means someone who’s had an MI might not be the same after being resuscitated.
I say all this to make this point: we do our absolute best to serve the public, but when it’s your time, it’s your time.
Again, sad outcome on this one. Wish the paramedics were able to save him.
Avi you are appreciated. Seriously EMS is the unsung heroes of our local areas. You really are appreciated even when you don't feel like it
Agree! Would it have helped to have a defib device at the rec/athletic center? Shouldn't they be required by now?
Is 14-15 minutes a long time for an ambulance in an urban environment? Considering 2-3 minutes for the dispatcher to get the information, 2-3 more for the EMTs to get in the ambulance, open the garage door, start the engine and get rolling that's about 10 minutes of driving time. It seems pretty fast to me unless it's only a few blocks distance.
October 21, 2013 at 2:06pm
What a small world… I’m friends with that news reporter.
November 5, 2012 at 3:11am
I really hope he gets back in the air. People may not know this, but there is a looming pilot shortage in America. We need all the new pilots we can get…
(And I feel sad to have to say, there is USUALLY not a road just feet from a runway.)
October 31, 2012 at 2:37pm
I work for American Medical Response, which is our country’s largest ambulance provider (pictured in the first picture in this story), and am on the disaster response team. MAN, I wish I was out there helping…
September 2, 2012 at 8:23pm
The two worst days of a pilot’s life are the day he goes to the airport knowing it’s going to be his last flight, and the day he goes to the airport not knowing it’s going to be his last flight.
Thoughts and pryers go out to you and your family. The entire aviation community shares in grief.
May 30, 2012 at 8:34pm
This really upsets me. I am a white male, living in the central San Joaquin Valley of California. I work both as an EMT for an ambulance service, and as a flight instructor. In my work as an EMT, I go all over my county, and I can tell you all that many of the outlying farmer communities are nearly 100% Mexican. Some people in the bigger cities will fly Mexican flags on their cars, over their houses, or tattooed on their bodies. MEChA club was/is alive and flourishing in the high schools. (If you don’t know what that is, check out this link: http://www.mayorno.com/WhoIsMecha.html). Basically, what I’m saying is 30 or 40 years is unnecessary. It frustraties me is we live in the greatest country on Earth, and people are adamant about claiming their old country. Drawing on my EMT experiences again, the outlying farming communities are always dirtier (I once saw a garbage truck lift the back up and empty water out of it onto the street.), and have more crime (I once had a gang related shooting where the victim had been shot in the face twice. He looked about 14.). The “minority” is the majority in the area of California I live in. There has a way to join the melting pot of America, while holding on to your heritage.
You might assume I’m just a “whitey”, but I’ve dated Mexican women, live with an engaged Mexican couple, and some of my best friends are Mexican. Don’t write me off…
diversity just does not work and is an excuse for violence, liberals have forced integration of white hating blacks into the white schools and neighborhoods for years and what has it done for the nation. again just proves the main objective of race haters like black leaders is to kill off whites. question who holds the dominant genes ? who is breeding like rats ?
May 12, 2012 at 9:07pm
My wetsuit would have gotten a little warmer while riding that thing.
May 11, 2012 at 3:25am
Agreed. I can’t imagine surviving a crash like that, and end up dying from exposure. Pretty amazing story, though.
April 14, 2012 at 5:51pm
I went to College of the Sequoias, in Visalia (about 40 minutes south of Fresno), and in my human sexuality class we watched a video similar to that. I felt the whole class was going for shock value more than education.
April 14, 2012 at 5:43pm
I’d love to fly one of those. Very challenging I bet…
I had a crazy crosswind come up with one of my students during a lesson on landing. It was a good learning experience for him, because we generally don’t get strong crosswinds at our airport, and he could see the crosswind technique in action, what most of my other students have to imagine it. What Capt. Fahl didn’t mention is they’re a lot of fun. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z2LtHrn9Jw. It’s a flight test of the 777 on crosswinds.
November 26, 2011 at 12:32pm
Look out for wake turbulence… I guess that’s why they had him above the jets.
November 23, 2011 at 11:34am
I’d pee my pants. Then go ride it again.
September 18, 2011 at 4:56pm
If you have medical training, I’d say get in touch with an EMS/fire person and ask where the ICP (Incident command post) is. They run the whole scene from there, and there would be someone to answer any questions or direct you where to go to help. In a major situation like this, though, they’ll have every available EMS/fire unit in the area responding already, and the medical side of things will be taken care of. (Not to discourage you from helping…) Something as small as passing out water makes a big difference, so if you have a heart to serve, see if you can get plugged in somewhere.
September 17, 2011 at 7:56pm
Yeah he was! Pour a cup of tea while rolling the airplane. Backhanded… With the engines off…
September 17, 2011 at 7:50pm
Ah, they’re not so bad. Been having an unusual amount of bad stuff happening to them lately, I’ll admit that.
This is really sad, after the tragedy in Reno. We manage risk every time we fly, and sometimes it gets the better of you. But as any pilot will tell you, once you get bit by the aviation bug, you’ll always look upward.