posted on Feb, 4 2005 @ 11:10 AM
Roberts and his wife Bonnie, the only passengers aboard besides the pilot, escaped unharmed when the biplane from which they were viewing central
Arizona's canyon country crash-landed on a highway in the town of Sedona.
"It has been said that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing," the North Albany man said. "This was a good landing."
Roberts, 73, a computer programmer at Oregon State University, and his wife had traveled to Tucson to visit Roberts' 95-year-old mother. The couple
planned to see the Grand Canyon on their way home, and at the urging of Roberts' sister decided to check out the "Red Rock" scenery around Sedona
Arriving in the town, about 30 miles south of Flagstaff, on Friday, Oct. 1, the Robertses signed on for an aerial view of the nearby buttes with Red
Rock Biplane Tours; it cost about $100 apiece. The couple would be going up the following morning with pilot James Barron, whom they now credit with
saving all of their lives.
"We were up for about 15 minutes when the plane started backfiring, running really rough," said Bonnie Roberts, 70. "That's when we started the
"The pilot didn't say anything to us, but Paul and I knew something was wrong. He was trying to find a place to land, and there was nothing but
buttes and things like that, and he was afraid to land there because the brush was so high it might flip the plane. So he decided to go for that main
street in downtown Sedona."
With the nearby airport inaccessible — it was at an elevation higher than the plane could climb to with its failing engine n Barron chose Arizona
Highway 89A as his makeshift landing strip, though it wasn't exactly devoid of obstacles.
Found this in the Albany Denocrat-Herald. Appears to be a made up story, as the plane that crashed, again, was unmarked. And I didn't say I
saw the plane, I said I saw the article in the paper and the plane was clearly unmarked. There was no story like the one above on the crash, just
info on the crash itself with no info on who was in the plane or why.
[edit on 4-2-2005 by Zabilgy]