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October 20, 2005

'FedEx is ready when you are' — and sometimes even when you're not

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Above, a FedEx plane being removed yesterday from the roof of Cynthia Vogt's house in Georgetown, Texas (about 20 miles north of Austin), where it crashed shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night after losing power at an altitude of 7,000 feet.

The pilot, 61–year–old Michael McKenna, wasn't seriously injured nor was anyone on the ground.

Vogt told a 911 dispatcher that she thought a car had crashed into her house.

She had been sleeping in a back bedroom when the plane hit.

She went outside and found a Cessna 208 FedEx delivery plane upside down on her roof.

Steve Mason of Baron Aviation Services, which operates the plane under contract with FedEx, told Katie Humphrey of the Austin American–Stateman, "At night, even with a full moon, it's difficult at best to pick out what is a good place to land and what is a bad place to land."

Q.E.D.

Humphrey wrote, in a story in today's paper, "The plane struck a telephone pole, broke through a wooden fence and skidded across the front yard before cartwheeling onto the house."

She continued, "Part of the landing gear was embedded in the lawn, and other pieces of the plane were strewn about Wednesday afternoon as emergency crews used a crane to lift the plane off the house."

Huh — wonder if they might've seen the picture I posted earlier today of the Concorde being hauled into the air by cranes?

But I digress.

According to a spokesperson from the Texas Department of Public Safety, "McKenna attempted to glide into Georgetown Airport for a safe landing, but he lost altitude too quickly."

Understatement of the day.

October 20, 2005 at 06:01 PM | Permalink


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