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The plane Bush Sr was supposed to

Discussion in 'News' started by fatalist, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. fatalist

    fatalist Dirty Dozen Crew

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    ABC13 Eyewitness News and The Associated Press

    (11/22/04 - HOUSTON) — A private plane crashed near Houston's Hobby Airport Monday. And it was a plane that was coming to Houston to transport former President Bush to a conference in Equador.

    The plane went down Monday morning near Highway 288 and Beltway 8.

    Former President Bush suspendeded his trip to Ecuador because of the crash. A conference organizer says the plane should have flown the ex-president from Houston.

    Houston District Fire Chief Jack Williams said that the twin-engine Gulfstream jet arriving from Dallas Love Field apparently clipped a tall light tower at a Beltway 8 toll plaza, shearing off a wing. He says the severed wing rests near the base of the tower.

    Authorities have shut down Beltway 8 on both directions near Cullen. There is debris scattered across the lanes. Traffic is being directed off the Beltway and onto Cullen Road and Telephone Road.

    Fire crews were able to douse the flames. Three people were on board. All three victims, two men and a woman, have been recovered. There were no survivors.

    There are some reports of cars have suffered damage from debris, but no injuries on the ground have been reported.

    Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig says the Gulfstream jet went down about 6:15am, one-and-a-half miles south of Houston's Hobby Airport.

    Herwig says the Gulfstream G-1159-A flight originated at Dallas Love Field. He says the plane's registered owner is Jet Place Incorporated of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Houston Fire Department assistant chief, Rick Flanagan, said a part of the jet's wing was located near the base of one of the light poles. He said that the wreckage extended about 1,000 yards from the pole into a field.

    Airport officials reported that the plane that was on approach to Hobby when it went down. There was a lot of fog and mist during the crash. There's no official word if that played a role in the fatal crash.

    Stay with Eyewitness News with this developing story.
  2. villain

    villain Veteran Member

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    Heh, you are really on top of stuff.
    Yeah I heard about this.
    Strange times...
  3. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

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    They were a mile away from the runway and were still low enough to clip a light pole? They're damn lucky it was a light pole and not a house.
  4. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

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    Something was definately wrong there. It was raining and extremely overcast and dark for that time of day. The plane was supposed to be at 500 feet in a landing posture. Beltway 8 is lit up like Shea Stadium, with these huge light towers about every 500 yards. They have huge clusters of extremely bright lights, plus a blinking red aircraft warning light on top of every one. The plane was flying about 375 feet lower than it was supposed to be flying, but it was lined up with the runway at Hobby. "Pilot Error." The pilot just screwed up, apparently.
  5. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

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    It seems like there would have been a problem with the altimeter. I'm sure there are instrumets that tell them how far they are from the runway and how high they are. I'm sure they knew that something was fucked up but they were too late in pulling up. Perhaps they stalled and couldn't climb and just plummeted?
  6. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

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    Oh, and most modern aircraft (like the private jets that pick up ex presidents) are equipped with an audio warning that says "Terrain, pull up.) If this was on board I don't know what would have kept them from trying to regain some altitude.
    Here is the type of plane they are talking about.