fatal crash at nebraska stol event devastates backcountry community

Last Friday in Wayne, Nebraska, a prominent backcountry leaflet, Tom Dafoe, was eliminated when he blew up of the 1946 Cessna 140 he was flying. The collision was observed by lots of individuals the Wayne MayDay STOL occasion. The rest of the competitors

, which was set up to go through the weekend break, was terminated complying with the collision. Dafoe, that operated at jetAviva as well as that had actually helped Textron Aviation for years before that, was 45. He is made it through by his partner, 5 youngsters and also one grandchild.

According to records, high winds had actually held off the STOL/Drag competition, in which airplanes race each various other at really reduced degree with a turn-around and also a quit. The aircrafts in this occasion do not obtain really high, generally simply a handful of feet over the surface area, as they speed up from one end of the program to the various other and afterwards back once more to the start/finish line. Dafoe was obviously flying an extra standard STOL sector, one in which airplanes remove, making use of as little runway/ground roll as feasible, and afterwards return around to land, once more utilizing as little path as feasible to land once more. Rivals are evaluated on the total size of their touchdown and also launch rolls incorporated, in contrast to the STOL/Drag race, where it’s a real race from begin to turn-around to complete.

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation has actually produced a video clip which it describes as an “Early Analysis” check out the collision. It created, “In Early Analysis: N76075, the AOPA Air Safety Institute intends to aid pilots comprehend what is found out about the crash. We take a look at elements that are most likely to be the topic of an examination by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB),” claimed AOPA’s ASI Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden. “It showed up Dafoe’s Cessna 140 made an S-turn for spacing behind a Zenith 701 to make up for the Cessna’s faster rate bring about a stall/spin crash. A lesson basic aeronautics pilots can remove from this crash is to constantly have a Plan B when adhering to very closely behind a slower airplane– consisting of breaking short and also doing a go-around.”

McSpadden included. “STOL occasions are possibilities to bring individuals with each other as well as we wish to make sure these kinds of occasions can proceed. This unfavorable crash can give lessons to assist all pilots safeguard versus a stall/spin crash.”


We have actually not consisted of a web link to the video clip for AOPA’s conversation of it, as well as we will certainly not be uploading the troubling video clip of the accident either. Right here’s why we will not be.

After the occasion was terminated, coordinators squandered no time at all in make pain therapists offered to those on the area, a lot of whom had actually seen the deadly collision firsthand.

Over the weekend break, close friends as well as job associates of Dafoe began a minimum of 3 Go-Fund-Me make up his family members. Much, those campaigns have actually increased even more than $50,000. Below is a web link to the fundraising event begun by jetAVIVA, where Dafoe functioned as an airplane sales supervisor.

The disaster questioned in the air travel neighborhood regarding the dangers associated with STOL competitors as well as in backcountry flying, specifically considering that these competitions typically include pilots brand-new to this type of low-level, edge-of-the-envelope flying. When it releases its record on the accident, these are inquiries the NTSB will likely evaluate in on. Those records commonly take around a year for detectives to release.