Now they are all saying it is a small Cessna with 1 fatality. I guess we will have to see in a few hours what is really going on. If it is in fact a 4 engine commuter...would that make it an Air Wisconsin RJ??
You're not kidding they don't know jack. Minutes after my last post, they changed their story and said it was a four engine Cessna (didn't know they made one of those). I think we've learned to wait and see until information can be confirmed. I know I have.
When it comes to aviation events, yes, you're right, the media doesn't know jack. It's okay that I say this because I worked in radio news for 12 years. I was always amazed at how unenlightened reporters were when reporting aircraft events.
From 4:30 to 5, Channel 9 in Denver ran a crawl saying it was a United Express flight. Then, on their 5 o'clock show, Channel 9 said it was not a commuter flight but a Cessna. In all fairness, though, sometimes information is fragmentary on breaking stories. You broadcast what you have and update as you get more and better information. You have to be careful how you say and report it until you confirm the information. Attribution is vital.
Yeah, I didn't want to start a huge thing here, but I brought it up earlier because no one else had said anything yet. As the evening went on, I heard more on the radio and such, and the media seems to be getting it straight now. Straighter, anyhow.
4 small Cessna crashes in one day though...it's an odd day all around here, isn't it?
Channel 9 reported that it was a C-180 that went down near Boulder. One person killed. There were strong westerlies in the area. Jeffco, which is nearby, reported something like 25-knot winds. All day there were ACSL here. The accident site is in sort of mountainous terrain. He probably hit a violent downdraft.
Channel 9 said that eyewitnesses reported that it was a commuter aircraft that went down, but those reports were false.
The Heron you refered to that was used extensively in the Carib. was made by Dehaviland, you can find pictures at www.airliners.net. It was a 19 seat powered by inverted 6 cyl. engines. Jack Riley modified a few with 290 HP Lycs. The 4 engine Cessna was a prototype. Piper also made a 4 engine prototype commuter it was called the Pocono.
The Cessna was also UGLY but as far as I know thats the only connection. The Heron was a streched Dove with 4 engines.
The Dove made it's first flight in 1945, The Heron in 1950.
I think the Cessna design was in the late 50's.
>>>None are flying today, the last operator was an outfit in PR back in the 70's.
I know of one Heron which was flying in Australia about a year ago, doing non-scheduled air-tour charters. Also, last time I was in Hawaii, (about 3 years ago) there were several Herons sitting at Honolulu. I don't know their story, but they didn't look like they'd been sitting since the 1970's I think you'll find there's a few others still operating in odd corners of the planet.