My friend and attorney Bernard Wishnia sent me this sad email:
Some of you may know my ex-wife. She had started taking flying lessons about the time our divorce started and she got her license shortly before our divorce was final, later that same year.
Yesterday afternoon, she narrowly escaped injury in the aircraft she was piloting when she was forced to make an emergency landing in Southern Tennessee because of bad weather. Some would call it a crash or an accident at the least. Our kids were with me at the Beach House this weekend.
The National Transportation Safety Board officials have issued a preliminary determination citing pilot error contributing to the accident. She was flying a single engine aircraft (a basic model, at best) in IFR (instrument flight rating) conditions while only having obtained a VFR (visual flight rating) rating.
The absence of a post-crash fire was likely due to insufficient fuel on board. No one on the ground was injured.
The photograph below was taken at the scene showing the extent of damage to her aircraft.
She was very lucky!!
From what I know of his wife is that she disregarded the first rule of wicca-flying: always wear rubber underwear. She did not. In fact she was not wearing underwear at all and I imagine she must of just slipped off.
Of course, no post of mine would be complete without some good Muslim-bashing: here's how the story above is related to terrorism:
Court TV News - Federal officials review N.Y. airspace rules after deadly plane crash, Excerpt:
Federal officials on Friday were winding down their onsite investigation of the crash of New York Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle's plane into a skyscraper and said they were reviewing rules that allow small aircraft to fly in Manhattan's crowded airspace.
The general aviation corridors around Manhattan have been "the Wild West," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. He and Sen. Charles Schumer said anyone flying near the island should be under the supervision of air traffic controllers, especially in the post-Sept. 11 era.
"A smart terrorist could load up a small, little plane with biological, chemical or even nuclear material and fly up the Hudson or East rivers, no questions asked," said Schumer, D-N.Y. "I hope this will be a wake-up call to the FAA to re-examine flight patterns, which, amazingly enough, they haven't done since 9/11."