Apparently Fred and a passenger (Manny Lewis) were practicing touch-and-go take-off and landings, and forgot to latch the door. They executed an emergency return to the airport, but forgot to deploy the landing gear, and bellied it in when they realized the mistake. The passenger door is the one departed from the airplane, so I would speculate that it may have been the unlatched door – though maybe it’s as likely the pilot door was open on landing and EMS forcibly removed the copilot to extricate the passenger. Both are expected to recover, but they were medivaced by helicopter.
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Posted By: Brett FerrellSunday September 22nd, 2013 at 11:51 AM