Dec. 12, Greenville, Pa. / Taylorcraft BC12-D


At about 15:30 EST, a student pilot flying a Taylorcraft BC12-D was killed when the airplane collided with trees during landing practice at Greenville Municipal Airport. A witness who was flying in the airport traffic pattern at the time said the accident airplane touched down in a grassy landing area to the right of paved runway 15. It then veered to the left, crossed the paved runway and headed for the wide open space of a turf cross runway. Then, instead of continuing straight toward the cross runway, the airplane made a climbing left turn. The airplane then leveled off and hit trees. The student pilot was 79 years old, and had 109 total flight hours. He had some initial flight training in 1944, then began flying again in 1995.


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