Jasper, Ala. — A teen pilot killed along with two friends in an Alabama plane crash had his own key to the aircraft and had flown it many times, his mother said Wednesday, denying authorities´ assertion that the plane had been taken without permission. Sherrie Smith said her 17-year-old son Jordan Smith was the one flying the plane that went down in the Alabama woods Tuesday night, killing the him and two other male teens. (Snip) Smith says the owner of the plane had let her son fly it many other times and had given her son his own key. "He had used the plane many times before," she said.
Comments: Hard to believe the Mom is saying this, given the fact that her son wasn´t licensed to fly.
If, as the article says, he was "one test short of earning his private pilot´s license" he shouldn´t have been flying with passengers unless one of them was a licensed pilot. The article is poorly written and doesn´t say. In any case, this is tragedy and my prayers are with the families.
#4 is correct. Even if he had permission to fly a two engine aircraft (which is incorrect, since he didn´t even have his private pilot´s license) he was not competent to fly a two engine. (I can fly a single engine, but would not have ever considered a two engine, without a flight instructor on board. And even then, I would not be comfortable doing that.) There has to be more to the story.
He may have had a key to the gate, but I just can´t see anyone giving a kid a key to an expensive twin engine airplane. Especially a kid who doesn´t know how to fly that well and doesn´t have a license.
Mama may not be "lying," she may have been misinformed by the kid. Almost all 17 year-old boys, especially student pilots, are invincible. A 17 year-old boy with two same-age pals, who are egging him on, maybe calling him ´chicken´ or worse, is in a precarious position even without the keys to a sophisticated airplane. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, especially in those circumstances. And yes, the twin owner may have let this nice enthusiastic kid come along for the ride on occasion, maybe even letting him fly it from the right seat, thinking to mentor him into a rewarding career. The boy, like many teenage student pilots, was probably an excellent stick, with a real knack for flying smoothly, in daylight with good visibility. He probably would have aced his Private Pilot´s check ride. The thing he hadnt learned is the survival key: good judgment. Knowing when to stay on the ground. The washing airplane for flying money is the only scenario that makes sense to me for his having a key, and the kid figured he would go around the pattern once, no harm, no foul. But with low ceilings and poor visibility, he was surely in way over his head with spatial disorientation in seconds, everything else was just inevitable. The owner surely regrets deeply the trust he placed in the boy.
Or the student pilot might have seen where the owner hid a spare key and swiped it to make his own copy. No 17 year old thinks he will get caught. They are all much too clever for that. Low-time student pilot, low IFR conditions, passengers, night, complex twin.... Hey, what could possibly go wrong?
CLEVELAND — The Plain Dealer in Cleveland cut about a third of its newsroom staff Wednesday, months after announcing it was reducing home delivery of the newspaper, union leaders said. About 50 reporters, photographers, page designers and other Newspaper Guild-covered employees received layoff notices, according to the guild. (Snip) The Plain Dealer, beginning next week, will reduce home delivery to three days a week while also providing a “bonus” home-delivered edition on Saturdays.
Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s transition office chief and the wife of embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, is expected to take extended vacation time from her job with the former first lady in the coming days, sources told POLITICO. The move is not a leave of absence, two sources familiar with the move insisted, and it’s not precisely clear when she will depart for her vacation time from her day job.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Amazon announced plans Monday to hire 7,000 workers for its U.S. operation, with most jobs offering pay and benefits far above typical retail wages, the company said. The online retail giant is expected to hire 5,000 new employees across 13 states and another 2,000 for their call centers. The announcement came as a surprise to some people who used to work for the company. “They would constantly, like say, oh yea, we’re really really busy, we’re really really busy today, we’ll be on mandatory overtime."
Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner said he doesn’t care what people say or how critics respond — he’s not leaving the race. “You’re stuck with me,” he told the Staten Island Advance in an interview published Sunday. That’s on the heels of scathing criticism from even members of his own Democratic Party, who are apparently on their last legs of support for the former congressional member who can’t seem to curb his sexting scandal.
ELOY, Ariz. - A 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, who has already been deported 11 times, were arrested after running from deputies on Tuesday. A Pinal County Sheriff´s deputy was driving on I-8 near I-10 when he attempted to pull a car over for a traffic violation. The vehicle ignored the deputy, crossed over the eastbound lanes of traffic and stopped suddenly. (Snip) Border Patrol officials told deputies Jupa-Fino had been deported 11 times during the last three years for entering the US illegally.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California prisoners have unprotected sexual contact, forced or consensual, even if both are illegal, and this reality often leads to the spread of HIV and other diseases in prisons and in communities where felons are paroled. Setting up a difficult conversation, one state lawmaker says it´s time to give inmates a way to practice safe sex behind bars to reduce an infection rate that experts say is much higher than that of the general population. The proposal from Oakland Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta comes despite a law prohibiting any sex between inmates, ...
Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after officers found an unregistered semi-automatic pistol in the car he was riding in, police said. Lefeged was a front-seat passenger in a Chevy Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in northeast Washington just after midnight. (Snip) The arrest comes as the NFL grapples with gun violence. Tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged this week with orchestrating the execution-style slaying of a semi-pro football player and was swiftly released by the New England Patriots.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University President Gordon Gee abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday after he came under fire for jokingly referring to ``those damn Catholics´´ at Notre Dame and poking fun at the academic quality of other schools. The remarks were first reported last week by The Associated Press, and Ohio State at the time called them unacceptable and said it had placed Gee on a ``remediation plan´´ to change his behavior.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The president of Ohio State University could be fired for any more verbal gaffes, trustees told him in a letter that said his mockery of Notre Dame, Roman Catholics and the Southeastern Conference have embarrassed and divided the university and run the risk of diminishing the effectiveness of its efforts. Trustees warned Gordon Gee that comments or actions he makes detracting from Ohio State´s core values are not productive and are unacceptable, according to a copy of the March 11 letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
Beverly - This Sunday, the streets of Beverly will look just like they always do. And that’s the problem, some veterans say. The city has cancelled its annual Memorial Day parade for what’s believed to be the first time since the end of the Civil War. Many veterans who were gathered at the Herman A. Spear American Legion Post on Friday night are upset by the decision. “It’s not right to me,” says Ron Innocenti. He is a Vietnam veteran who has not only marched in the city’s Memorial Day parade in the past, he says he has also been its grand marshal. He hates to cancel because
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